A 75-year-old man shot his terminally ill wife to death in her room at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance late Saturday, Dec. 1,
A 75-year-old man shot his terminally ill wife to death in her room at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance late Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, then killed himself next to her, authorities said Sunday. The shooting occurred about 10:15 p.m. in a room on the fourth floor of the Torrance Boulevard hospital, Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said. The 74-year-old woman was a patient there but hospital and police officials would not identify her or her husband on Sunday, pending notification of relatives. (Street Heat Productions)

A 75-year-old man shot his terminally ill wife to death in her room at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance late Saturday, then killed himself next to her, authorities said Sunday.

The shooting occurred about 10:15 p.m. in a room on the fourth floor of the Torrance Boulevard hospital, Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said. The 74-year-old woman was a patient there but hospital and police officials would not identify her or her husband on Sunday, pending notification of relatives.

The couple lived in Torrance, Watt said. He would not say why she was in the hospital or whether a note was left for investigators or family members. A handgun was recovered in the room.

Marlow Galbraith. Joanna Galbraith.
Marlow Galbraith. Joanna Galbraith.

Pat Aidem, a hospital spokeswoman, said no staff members were injured but hospital chaplains were called to provide counseling.

"Two people died Saturday evening of gunshot wounds at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance," Aidem said in a written statement. "A patient and her visitor, who had visited frequently and was recognized by the nursing staff.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those involved."

Anyone with information about the shootings was asked to call the Torrance Police Department detective division at 310-618-5570.

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