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Tatiana Alexandra Howard, 48

Tatiana Alexandra Howard, a 48-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Sunday, Aug. 14, in the 100 block of Palos Verdes Boulevard in Redondo Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Howard, of San Bruno, Calif., was visiting her father, Robert Howard, 78, when the two got into a "family disagreement" around 9:15 p.m., said Torrance police spokesman Sgt. Paul Kranke

A niece and a cousin who were in the home at the time told investigators that the father pulled out a handgun and shot his daughter, Kranke said. 

The other family members ran out of the apartment, Kranke said, and the niece ran to a neighbor who called the police. 

When officers arrived, they saw Robert Howard standing outside, Kranke said. When he saw the officers, he went back inside his apartment and the officers heard another shot from inside.

As a precaution, officers closed nearby streets and evacuated people from the adjoining apartments and a restaurant across the street, Kranke said 

Officers called Robert Howard’s home phone and cell phone but received no response, Kranke said. When investigators looked inside the windows, they saw the father and daughter lying inside, the Daily Breeze reported.

Tatiana Howard was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:13 p.m. from gunshot wounds, according to coroner’s records. Her father was also pronounced dead at the scene, and his death has been ruled a suicide.

The Daily Breeze quoted an unnamed neighbor who said the dispute revolved around Robert Howard’s declining health and options for his future care. 

Robert Howard owned the apartment building and lived alone in one of the units, Kranke said. 

Tatiana Howard lived in the Bay Area with her husband and children, Kranke said. “This was shocking and unexpected for her family,” he said. “She was down visiting her father and now she’s not going home.”

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