The father of State Assemblyman Mike Gatto was found dead in his Silver Lake home Wednesday night, reports L.A Now. Investigators said Joseph Gatto may have been killed during a burglary his home in the 2800 block of Bright Lane near the Silver Lake reservoirs, according to preliminary information. The 78-year-old Gatto was found slumped over a desk with a bullet wound in his abdomen.
Joseph Gatto had worked as a public school teacher for 45 years but also held other jobs, including working nights at Dodger Stadium, during tough economic times, according to Mike Gatto’s campaign website. After his retirement from L.A. Unified, Gatto had become a jewelry craftsman, according ABC7.
Gatto, who grew up in Silver Lake, was elected to the 43rd Assembly District in 2010.
Bright Lane remains blocked off this morning as police continue their investigation.