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2 Shot, Apparent Meth Lab Discovered in Santa Clarita

July 05, 2001|PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Two Santa Clarita residents were shot, one critically wounded, in a house in which a suspected methamphetamine lab was found, authorities said Wednesday.

Just after midnight Tuesday, a man called police to report, "My wife has just been shot," according to Lt. Scott Young of the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station.

In the house, in the 23400 block of Darcy Lane, police found a man and woman, both with gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Another man was found unharmed in the house, police said. The victims were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where the woman was reported to be in critical condition, the man in stable condition. Police did not identify either victim.

The Sheriff's Department described the crime as a home-invasion robbery. Three armed men entered the home, demanding money, then fled in a brown van after the shootings, deputies said. Deputies did not know if the three intruders had taken money or property.

"I am not aware of any suspects named or known," Young said. The intruders were described only as men wearing dark clothes.

At the scene, police found materials indicating a methamphetamine lab had been operating, Young said.

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