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INTRUDER KILLS DOCTOR'S WIFE DEPUTY SHOT, CHILDREN PISTOL-WHIPPED.

Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer

CAMARILLO - The wife of a well-known Santa Clarita physician was killed Tuesday morning in a violent crime spree that left two other victims dead and four injured before the suspect killed himself inside a Simi Valley Wal-Mart.

Carol Nordella, 48, was at the family's Camarillo home about 8:15 a.m. with her two younger children when the man believed to have shot and killed two people Monday afternoon in nearby Thousand Oaks came to her home.

She called her husband, Jeffrey, who was taking their oldest daughter to school, to tell him that there was a man at their house, said sister-in-law Judy Nordella of Stevenson Ranch. The doctor rushed home to help his wife and attempted to block the man's vehicle in their driveway. The intruder fired at him and at a Ventura County sheriff's deputy who responded to a call of a disturbance at the home. The deputy was hit in the shoulder, but the wound was not life-threatening.

Two of Nordella's children; Kristin, 14 and Jeffrey Jr., 10, were pistol-whipped; Kristin suffered a fractured skull, Judy Nordella said. Carol Nordella was beaten and shot in the back of the head; she died of her injuries Tuesday afternoon at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, sheriff's officials said.

Jeff and Carol Nordella had been married for 20 years and until recent years lived in the Santa Clarita Valley. The sisters-in-law went to nursing school together; Carol worked as a neonatal nurse at UCLA Medical Center before retiring to have a family.

``She was the most amazing woman,'' Judy Nordella said. ``She was so kind and giving. When she and Jeff built the house in Camarillo, they built a classroom in the house so she could home-school the kids.''

Nordella's clinic at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, SCV Quality Care, was closed Tuesday afternoon.
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