[UPDATED with Bigamy Charge:] Antonio Potenciano Gana, OC Homicide No. 15: Allegedly Shot By Wife Accused of Also Shooting Son on Mother's Day

Categories: 2011 Homicides

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UPDATE, MAY 12, 1:20 P.M.: A Filipino newspaper reports Antonio Potenciano Gana, the 72-year-old Mother's Day murder victim, is the former general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, which oversees the airport in the country's capital.

The Philippine Star also claims the slain man's 41-year-old wife is Anna Maria Magno Gana, and that the couple's youngest son is 8. Orange County law enforcement previously reported the suspected killer's first name is Annamaria and the boy credited with wrestling a gun away from her is 9.

An odd twist courtesy of the Star after the jump . . .

The paper claims Antonio Gana married the suspect, his second wife, after converting to Islam.

His first wife then accused him of bigamy, reports the Star.

UPDATE, MAY 12, 11:55 A.M.: A Filipino news site has filled in more blanks about the couple at the center of a Mother's Day murder in Tustin Ranch.

ABS-CBN News, the Phillippine media giant's online outlet, reports that 72-year-old murder victim Antonio Potenciano Gana was a former Manila airport official.

His 41-year-old wife and suspected killer, Annamaria Magno Gana, is being treated for breast cancer.

In fact, her arraignment on charges of murdering her husband and trying to shoot her 16-year-old son to death was delayed due to her medical condition. It is unclear whether the medical hold was related to her cancer or unspecified injuries she reportedly suffered in Sunday afternoon's shooting, however.

She may be arraigned as soon as today.

One big hole remains to be filled in this story: what prompted her alleged crimes.

UPDATE, MAY 10, 9:55 A.M.:
The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) has announced a Wednesday arraignment date for the alleged killer of Antonio Potenciano Gana and attempted killer of the 72-year-old Tustin Ranch resident's teen son: the victims' wife and mother respectively, Annamaria Magno Gana.

No time has been set for the hearing in Santa Ana Jail for the 41-year-old accused of the Mother's Day shootings in her home.

Conviction on the current charges could put her in state prison for 82 years to life.

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Annamaria Mango Gana
UPDATE, MAY 9, 2:57 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) just announced charges against 41-year-old Annamaria Magno Gana, who is accused of shooting her husband to death and trying to kill her teen son at their Tustin Ranch home on Mother's Day.

Gana is charged with one felony count each of murder and attempted murder with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury. If convicted, she could get 82 years to life in state prison.

Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, she allegedly armed herself with a gun and fired a bullet into a bedroom ceiling of her home in the 18400 block of Manning Drive in unincorporated Tustin.

When Antonio Potenciano Gana, 72, and the couple's 16-year-old son rushed into the room, the wife and mother allegedly shot her husband in the chest.

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Antonio Potenciano Gana
As the boy turned to flee, Ms. Gana is accused firing at him. A bullet struck the teen's arm, but he managed to call 9-1-1 on his cell phone for help.

Meanwhile, the woman's 9-year-old son wrestled the gun away from her and took it outside, according to the OCDA. Our earlier report notes sheriff's deputies found a handgun on the neighbor's lawn.

Gana was arrested by arriving deputies and taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana for treatment of undisclosed minor injuries sustained during the attack. That's the same hospital where her husband was pronounced dead and her teenager received treatment for his wounds.

Both boys are now in protective custody. Gana is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Her arraignment date is to be determined. Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit drew the straw to prosecute the case


ORIGINAL POST, MAY 9, 10 A.M.: A woman got into an argument with a 72-year-old man at a house they shared for about five months in the 18400 block of Manning Drive in unincorporated Tustin Sunday afternoon.

Just before 4:30 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff's Department received reports of shots fired in the neighborhood. As deputies were en route, more reports of shots heard rolled in.

Deputies arrived to find a handgun on a next-door neighbor's front lawn, a 16-year-old boy who'd been shot at least twice in the upper part of his body and the 72-year-old shot at least once in the chest.

Both were taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where the man was later pronounced dead. The boy was in stable condition. He also lived in the home with the dead man, as did a 9-year-old boy who was not injured. He is now staying with relatives.

Investigators suspect the woman of the house shot the man and teen. She'd been questioned but not arrested at last report. No identities have been released yet
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39 comments
Evelyn A. Magno
Evelyn A. Magno

actually i have an affair with a man before when my husband is a Major when my daughter having also an affair to Colonel Tony Gana but when my husband discovered my affair on the other man and he was also discovered our daughter Aimee having an affair with Colonel Tony Gana my husband Major Tereso Magno committed suicide. that was a sad tragedy in my family but i am still happy cause later my daughter can't leave Tony.

Evelynmagno75
Evelynmagno75

THANK YOU SO MUCH TONY SR. THANKS FOR HELPING MAY FAMILY AND KUNDI DAHIL SAYO BAKA SA KANGKUNGAN KAMI PUPULUTIN. MARAMING SALAMAT AT NAGING KABIT MO ANG ANAK KO NA SI AIMEE .ARAMING SALAMAT AT DI MO PINABAYAAN ANG ANAK KO AT DINALA MO PA KAMING MAG IINA DITO SA AMERICA AT BINIGYAN MO NANAG MAGANDANG BUHAY. THANKS DAHIL PINAKASALAN MO ANG ANAK KO AT MARAMING SALAMAT AT PINAKINGGAN MO AKO NOON NA IWANAN MO ANG TUNAY MONG ASAWA AT PAKISAMAHAN MO ANG ANAK KO AT NAGING MALIGAYA NAMAN KAYO NG ANAK KO. BUT SOOR SA BANDANG HULI NABARIL KA NG ANAK KO.

Ruel Noy Alicante
Ruel Noy Alicante

Mr. Tony Gana Sr. and his mistress Aimee Magno Gana are doing imorality. they are not good example to the society.

Ruel Noy Alicante
Ruel Noy Alicante

I WOULD LIKE TO INFORMED ALL READERS. ANNA MARIA MAGNO IS NOT REAL WIFE OF ANTONIO GANA SHE IS A MISTRESS. THEY BOTH SUFFERED MALIDICTION OR KARMA AND THEY ARE DOING IMORALITY. ALSO THEY ARE NOT GOOD EXAMPLE IN THE COCIETY.

Rose Chatterly Retuy
Rose Chatterly Retuy

kaya nangyari ang trahedya sa buhay ni mr. antonio gana kasi consequences ito nang kanyang pagkakamali ang iwan niya ang tunay niyang asawa at naapi niya ang tunay niyang mga anak. tingnan niyo yong kabit niya si anna maria magno nagkakancer kasi pinainom niya nang pinainom ng pills para di magbuntis. kinarma silang dalawang pareho.

Ruel Noy Alicante
Ruel Noy Alicante

A WOMAN ANNA MARIA MAGNO WITH NICKNAME AIMEE MAGNO GANA WAS MISTRESS OF ANTONIO GANA, SHE IS NOT REAL WIFE. ANTONIO GANA BRING THIS GIRL IN THE UNITED STATE TO AVOID GOSSIP AND INTRIGUE REGARDING IMORAL DOING.

Oscar
Oscar

Tusti or Tustin ranch is trash

Guest
Guest

Islam? Bigamy? The hits just keep on rollin'.

Pobrito
Pobrito

IT'S NOT IN TUSTIN RANCH!! If it were, Tustin PD would be investigating the crime, not OCSD

Aquarius65
Aquarius65

 women in 40's undergo hormonal imbalance and depression ..this factor may be considered..i hope

Guest
Guest

The idiocy of mass immigration strikes once again.

bongdazaBongdaza
bongdazaBongdaza

tony, hope you are now with uor lord.. i didn't xpect this way for you to go.. you were such a kind and decent person.. this is really a tragedy! :))

Roberto
Roberto

Unincorporated Tustin = North Tustin, not Tustin Ranch

Bballfan382
Bballfan382

Karma of their immorality? How about keeping your ignorant thoughts and misspellings to yourself?

MitchYoung_NeedsALife
MitchYoung_NeedsALife

What is wrong with being Islamic?  No wonder America has so many terror threats.  Idiots like you I totally agree with the posts about you.  You're an idiot. 

cantstandidoits
cantstandidoits

you are an incentive asshole who is probably some poor,uneducated dead beat who can only post things without knowing anything. Thisfamily was well to do had maids, drivers, body guards and could want fornothing. Unlike you who is a sorry attempt at a human being. so will spend hisdays working a 9 to 5 job wondering when he could catch a break in life and hissoul happiness is to comment on things that he doesn't understand to feelimportant. you are a sad sad man if I can even call you that. little boy.

OCLocal
OCLocal

Really? you're going to go there.

Rose Chatterly Retuy
Rose Chatterly Retuy

nasa lanit kaya si tony gana? in the bible say kapag kinamatayan mo ang gawaing pangangalunya sa impyerno ang bagsak mo. dinala niya pa itong kabit niya diyan sa america.

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Ruelnoyalicante
Ruelnoyalicante

alam mo mr. Bballfan382, alam mo iniwan ni mr. tony gana and tunay niyang asawa at itong kabit niya na si aimee magno isinama niya sa america para doon niya kantutin ng kantutin yan tuloy nasubrahan si aimee sa kakakantot kaya nagkakancer. alam mo ba pumayag pala itong si evelyn magno na maging kabit itong anak niya kasi nga mapera si mr. tony gana. pati nga siya nanginabang kay tony gana.

Eunice Robles
Eunice Robles

I HOPE AIMEE MAGNO GANA WILL GO TO JAIL FOR LIFE SENTENCE.

Ruelnoyalicante
Ruelnoyalicante

yes they do imoral cause he left his real family in the philippines.

Guest
Guest

'incentive asshole' --LOL. My incentive is that the truth will set you free.

"This family was well to do had maids, drivers, body guards and could want fornothing."

So they don't even have being poor as an excuse.

"soul happiness" --> 'sole happiness'

 

mitchyoungisanidiot
mitchyoungisanidiot

America is in the toilet so you need the immagrants there because you people can't afford to bring up your own economy so you need the extra cash immigrants bring because you guys can't get your act together to get your own country out of the toilet.  you are not the super power you once were.  Hell look at your education system.  it's one of the lowest in the world ranking.  Just another proof of that with your uneducated responce to such a sad story. 

Mari Magno Hegerle
Mari Magno Hegerle

Col. Gana, may you rest in peace. You have been very good to me when my daddy (Maj. Magno) died.

Odn1946
Odn1946

Do you know Tony Gana?  If you don't know him personally, please...just shut up.

Rose Chatterly Retuy
Rose Chatterly Retuy

because this guy antonio gana is corrupt when he is general manager of manila international airport authority. take a look whats happening to him  maybe he will go to hell.

Guest
Guest

Actually Sad, you are on to something. While it is fun to snark on the internet, much better to get into meat space and do something.

Sad
Sad

What truth are you trying to set us all free on?  Tell us all about the couple....what they were like...what are their children's names....what they believed in.  You have no truth or insight on anything!

You don't know any truth about this story and for you to tell someone else that your incentive for being an asshole is to tell us all the truth.

The truth about what…something you have no insight on?  Just something you need to get off your chest so that people who know the family well can be hurt by your words.  I suggest you take your statistics on mass immigration you looked up on Google and go protest to the government or do something more constructive.  This situation doesn't have anything to do with the issue you are talking about.  It’s a sad story that occurred between a family. 

MitchYoung_NeedsALife
MitchYoung_NeedsALife

"So they don't even have being poor as an excuse."

Sound like you use that excuse from experience.  LOL  Hate to break it to you buddy but being poor is no excuse for anything.

MitchYoung_NeedsALife
MitchYoung_NeedsALife

America was founded through immigrants looking to get away from religious persecution. So my guess is if you can't track your decedents to one of the original colonies. You my friend don't have any right to talk.

Just stop trying to be better than everyone else because it just shows you aren't really worth anything to anyone.

Guest
Guest

'you are not the super power you once were.'

Righty-o. And it seems to me the decline started just about 1970 or so, when we opened the floodgates of immigration after a half-century plus of restrictionist policy.

'Hell look at your education system.  it's one of the lowest in the world ranking. '

See the comment above.

Eunice F. Robles
Eunice F. Robles

kaya siguro napakabuti sayo ni Col. Gana kasi baka kinantot ka rin niya.

Ruel Noy Alicante
Ruel Noy Alicante

talaga Col. gana has been good to you cause you are also making love with him.

Rose Chatterly Retuy
Rose Chatterly Retuy

papaano mag rest in peace itong si tony gana. namatay siya na kapiling ang kanyang kabit.

Evelyn Abellera Magno
Evelyn Abellera Magno

By the way, ako ang nag suggest kay Col. Tony Gana na mag pa convert siya sa Islam para maidivorce niya ang tunay niyang asawa na si Thelma Gana at para mapakasalan niya ang anak ko si Aimee. and thank you so much Tony at tinulungan mo ang pamilya ko dinala niya kami sa California.

Ruelnoyalicante
Ruelnoyalicante

AND I HOPE HIS MISTRESS WILL GO TO JAIL FOR LIFE SENTENCE.

Ruelnoyalicante
Ruelnoyalicante

iniwanan niya ang kanyang tunay na asawa sa pilipinas at itong kabit niya na si aimee magno isinama niya sa america pati mga kapatid at nanay ng kabit niya. may inapi sila at nasagasaan kaya kinarma silang dalawa.

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