LANCASTER – A 64-year-old Lancaster man, apparently upset over “financial issues,” allegedly shot his wife multiple times in the stomach at a family gathering early Christmas morning, authorities said.
Thomas Silas was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and attempted murder in connection with an incident that occurred around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, on the 2700 block of East Avenue J-4 in Lancaster, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Nearly a dozen family members, including the couple’s adult daughter, were gathered at the home for a celebration, Ruiz said.
“I don’t know if they were celebrating Christmas because I don’t know what their religious affiliation is, but it was definitely a holiday party,” Ruiz said. “The suspect did not want to have a holiday party, while they were also having financial issues… And so they had an argument about their financial issues and the husband became upset.”
Silas allegedly retrieved a handgun from inside his home and confronted his wife by telling her to shoot him with it, according to Ruiz.
“She declined, so the suspect shot her in her abdomen,” Ruiz stated, adding that family members quickly notified emergency services.
When Lancaster deputies responded to the home, Silas was in the front yard still holding his handgun, according to Ruiz.
“Suspect Silas cooperated with the deputies’ orders to drop the handgun, and he was detained without further incident,” Ruiz stated.
The victim, described only as a woman in her mid 40s, was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital and was in stable condition, Ruiz said.
Silas remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.