'Santa' Shooter Had Bomb, Plane Ticket, Cash: Police

Death toll at 9 after another body is found in ashes of Calif. home
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 2:03 PM CST
Bruce Jeffrey Pardo is seen in an undated photo provided by the Covina (Calif.) Police Department.   (Covina Police Department)
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(Newser) – The discovery of another body in the charred wreckage of a California home brings the death toll in the Christmas Eve shooting rampage to nine, ABC News reports. Police say Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, 45, suspected of shooting his former in-laws while disguised as Santa, had $10,000 in cash and a plane ticket out of the country on him when he committed suicide at his brother’s house yesterday.

Pardo had also rigged his rental car with booby traps, including a pipe bomb that had to be defused by the bomb squad. Though Pardo was reportedly having trouble coping after a bitter divorce from his ex-wife, a probable victim, he had no history of violence and was even scheduled to serve as an usher for midnight Christmas Mass at a local church. (Read more Santa Claus stories.)