New evidence shows that had Bruce Prado not caught himself on fire more murders would have taken place. He was also targeting his own mother and the attorney for his former wife. The ‘Santa Claus’ shooter had been plotting the crime for some time.
Prado believed that his mother was siding with his wife Sylvia Pardo during the divorce proceedings. When he found out that she was invited to his former in-laws party he had intentions to kill her. She did not attend because she was suffering from the flu.
A car belonging to Pardo was parked outside of attorney Scott J. Nord’s home. Police are unsure how the man was planning on using the car to kill Nord and his family.
This was not a spur of the moment attack. Evidence shows that Pardo began preparations since June 2006. At that time weapons and ammunition was obtained from out-of-state dealers.
At least 13 children are now orphans following the Christmas Eve shooting. Two others have lost one parent.
If you wish to donate to the children of these families a family fun has been set up at Ortega Family Fund, C/O Law Offices of Scott J. Nord, 500 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 550, Glendale, CA, 91203.