Nursing Home Shooter Faces Indictment


Florentino M. Morata, 85, is sitting in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin accused of trying to murder his wife. 

According to police, Morata came into Crown Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 815 Westline Drive, at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. He entered his wife’s room and allegedly shot her twice. He then turned the gun on himself. Not only did security cameras record the incident, but, according to police, Morata openly admitted that he had shot his wife. Both survived what appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt. 

Paramedics transported Morata and his wife to Highland Hospital in Oakland. Authorities waited to complete their investigation before they could arrest him. They booked him into Santa Rita Jail on Sunday, Dec. 18. 

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office arraigned Morata on Wednesday, Dec. 21, on one count of attempted murder and one count inflicting great bodily injury.  Court papers identify the victim as “Jane Doe” Morata and state that she had been admitted to the nursing home for medical reasons. 

Morata is scheduled to enter a plea in the case at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, in Department 7, Rene C. Davidson Alameda County Courthouse, 1225 Fallon St.