Assemblyman Gatto’s father found shot dead in Silver Lake home

Officials outside the Gatto home this morning/Matt Hartman

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, center, with his father, Joseph, during swearing in ceremony in June 2010/43rd Assembly District

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.

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  1. My family and I are sending all of our prayers to Assembly Member Mike Gatto and his family on such a horrible day with the lost of his father. RIP Joseph Gatto – you touched many lives and left a great legacy in Mike.

  2. Echo Park resident

    OK, these break ins across Silver Lake and Echo Park have really ramped up recently. Hopefully this is the final straw that prompts LAPD to beef up patrols in the area. This is totally sad and unacceptable. Thoughts go out to the Assemblyman and his family.

  3. Joe Gatto was an inspiration and mentor to so many young artists. This is a tragic loss for all of us.

  4. I had the pleasure of meeting this man Joseph Gatto once. He affected me.

  5. Thanks so much, Terry, for your beautifully written piece on Joe, and for putting a face and warm tribute to this devastatingly sad headline. I never met him, but you have introduced him to so many of us who take a few moments to click on your link.

  6. This is horrible. My deepest condolences to Mike Gatto and his family.

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