The bloodbath began when an eight-year-old girl answered a knock at the front door to find Pardo dressed as Santa and carrying a large wrapped gift.Without a word, he pulled out a pistol and shot her in the face.He was ordered to pay £6,000 to his wife Sylvia, 43, who had moved out last spring.Pardo was already behind with maintenance payments to his wife, who had three children from a previous relationship, after losing his job as an aerospace engineer in July.The place where 'Santa Killer' Bruce Jeffrey Pardo ordered his costume Then, brandishing his guns, he walked through the house shooting as terrified revellers tried to flee.His ex-wife and her parents Joseph Ortega, 80, and his wife Alicia, 70, were the prime targets, but Pardo fired at anyone he saw.Police Chief Kim Raney said Pardo left a rented vehicle near the attorney's Glendale home the day of the shooting and filled it with maps, clothes and a fuel tank. He was burned while torching the house and later killed himself at his brother's home.If Pardo had lived, "his next destination was Glendale," Raney told hundreds of mourners who gathered at a local school Monday to offer each other comfort.
Raney pledged he would "try to bring sense to what was a senseless act."The quiet community of backyard pools and wide boulevards was still coping with the bizarre and violent crime.
Last night, the bodies of his victims still lay in the charred ruins of the house as police tried to identify all the party guests.
Miraculously, the eight-year-old girl who was shot at point-blank range survived, as did a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the back.
Partygoers ran to neighbours' houses to call police.
One 20-year-old woman broke her ankle leaping to safety from a bedroom window.