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3 Dead, 4 Wounded in Series of Deadly Shootings in California

August 25, 2014  | 

Photo: LAPD Facebook
Photo: LAPD Facebook
Los Angeles Police and Sheriff's Deputies have arrested one man described as a person of interest in a series of deadly shootings that left three dead and four wounded.

Two gunmen who had already killed at large on the streets posed “a major public threat,” Sgt. Frank Preciado told the Los Angeles Times, but the LAPD and the county Sheriff's Department had deployed “a lot of resources” to identify and track down the killers.

Late Sunday evening, there was a break in the case.

About 8:30 p.m., a man had barricaded himself inside a house in the 13700 block of Kismet Avenue in Sylmar, according to radio communications between police.

After officers discussed efforts to contact the man by cellphone, they reported seeing him trying to flee the house. He was quickly taken into custody.

Capt. Billy Hayes later described the man at a news conference as a “person of interest” in the killings.

It was not immediately clear what led police to the man. Police were still working to determine if the witness accounts of two men in the SUV were accurate.

The first 911 calls came in at 5:50 a.m., when the family came under fire in the 1400 block of Celis Street in the northeast corner of the San Fernando Valley. The eldest child, in her early 20s, was killed. Her teenage twin siblings were injured, apparently by shards of flying glass, police said. The family had been on their way to an early-morning Mass at Santa Rosa de Lima, a Roman Catholic church a few blocks away.

Blood covered the sidewalk where the victims had lain. In the afternoon, after the crime scene tape had come down and detectives had departed, neighborhood residents were left to wash it away. One of them, a man who did not want to be identified, said the family had lived next door to him until they moved away a few years ago. After they left, he said, they still regularly attended services at Santa Rosa and often passed down the street waving to their old neighbors.

Comments (6)

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db in AZ @ 8/25/2014 12:24 PM

Lunatics and criminals carry and use firearms in kalifornia. All legal Citizens are banned from Concealed Carry and cannot protect themselves in that state.
Here in AZ, over 60% of the parishoners of my church carry, to and from and during the church.sermon... Deterents need to be set in place. Chicago just passed C.C.W. and murder rates/armed robberies immediately declined 25/28% respectively.
When will the rest of the "May Issue" states Wake Up.???

Dan Sylvester @ 8/25/2014 1:34 PM

A friend of mine was nearly killed in that area. He stopped for a hamburger and by bad luck a carload of blacks had decided to beat the hell out of the first convenient honkey they came across. He was nearly beaten to death, but had the remaining consciousness to crawl behind bushes when they left. The blacks returned, having decided to finish him off. The proprietor of the burger stand did not even call the cops to report the attack.

Hiram Jones @ 8/25/2014 1:39 PM

db in AZ is correct to a degree. In CA, concealed carry permits are given AT THE DISCRETION of the police chief or sheriff. In some, mainly rural areas, the cops are honest about issuing CCW. In many urban areas, like Los Angeles, the cops are dishonest and issue them to buddies, political contributors, and undeserving bureaucrats, while denying them to decent law abiding citizens. The late Sheriff Block was notoriously crooked in this way, as were a succession of LAPD Chiefs. Lee Baca, the last LA County Sheriff, was also notoriously crooked as to CCW as well as in many other aspects. California needs a statewide "shall issue CCW" law, as well as reciprocity with other states which have honest CCW laws.

Ron Zacapa @ 8/26/2014 6:28 AM

Hey DB, what kind of gun do you think Jesus would carry? I'm thinking M-4...

TheRookie @ 8/27/2014 2:56 AM

In Colorado out-of-state Bloombergers moved in to take over politics to do the same as California. Couldn't get it done completely though. Then the wheels feel off, Sheriffs refused to enforce the draconian laws, & recalls began. Moved after retiring from there & thank goodness I did. Live in a pro-gun Red State now (by 98%). Got to have my best friend & equalizer with me.

Lou @ 8/28/2014 9:05 AM

Have you ever wondered why the most livable cities, and the happiest cities are outside the US? Our obsession with guns is very telling. We have a fear based culture--"I feared for my life." We are a killing culture. Even nine year girls are taught the art of using killing tools. We are the only industrialized nation that obsesses about guns, need for protection, and killing to express revenge (death by order of the people's court). Any one who understands grammar understands the 2nd Amendment was written in the contex of our right as citizens to have state miltary units where guns were provided by the individuals that joined. There were no government issued guns.
Even as we expanded west in the 1800s we had strict gun control laws out west. Some cites required you to turn in your side arms to the sheriff when rode into town in order to stop stupid. If we observed any other modern nation that kills 30,000 of it citizens each year to guns (small city worth of humans) we would consider that country is f...ed Up. And it would be. And that is us. As POGO said "we have met the enemy, and he is us. " He certainly is, and he is certifiable peranoid. And these bugs are creating a nation of fear and hate. Peace.

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