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Woman, father killed in domestic dispute, police say

Costa Mesa police say a 36-year-old man — believed to be the woman's ex-husband — was arrested at the scene. The incident appeared to stem from a 'domestic situation involving child custody,' a police spokesman says.

May 04, 2011|By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times

An apparent domestic argument in Costa Mesa turned deadly Tuesday night when a gunman opened fire on a woman and her father, killing the pair in front of a home, according to police.

A 36-year-old man was apprehended at the scene after officers responded to a call of shots fired shortly before 6 p.m. in the 3400 block of Santa Clara Circle, said Lt. Bryan Glass of the Costa Mesa Police Department.

He said the suspected shooter is the ex-husband of the 32-year-old woman, who lived in Costa Mesa. Her father was a 62-year-old Downey resident, police said.

The shooting is under investigation, but Glass said the incident appeared to stem from a "domestic situation involving child custody."

Police did not release the names of the victims nor of the suspect. No other details were immediately available.

robert.lopez@latimes.com

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