Authorities in Southern California were searching for a Hispanic male and female accused of stealing a woman’s SUV on Saturday and then going on a shooting rampage, killing one and injuring three. (KTTV)
Police in Southern California have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a shooting at a hotel that may be connected to a series of attacks in the Los Angeles suburbs Saturday that killed one man and injured three other people.
The rampage began at around 2:15 p.m. local time Saturday when police say two people — at least one of them armed — forced a woman from her green SUV in Pico Rivera, a community southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
At approximately 4 p.m., authorities began receiving reports of a man and woman shooting at pedestrians from the car. The shootings were reported in three suburban communities — Pico Rivera, La Mirada, and Whittier.
Fox 11 reported that the deceased shooting victim was identified as Jose Sahagun, 33, of Norwalk, Calif. Sahagun was shot in La Mirada at around 4 p.m. and was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced dead. The conditions of the other victims were not immediately available.
"It doesn’t appear they were target-specific or gang related," Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Ryan Rouzan said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
It’s unclear what the shooting victims were doing when they were shot, something Rouzan said would be revealed in the ongoing investigation.
Investigators later recovered the unoccupied SUV at a park in Whittier a taround 6:30 p.m. The woman’s condition was unknown, but Rouzan said she had not been shot.
Fox 11 reported that the man and woman were arrested at a hotel in Whittier approximately two hours later. Sgt. Mike Ellis of the Whittier Police Department told the Los Angeles Times the suspects were found with a gun in a different stolen vehicle. Ellis added that at least one of the suspects had gunshot wounds, which he said were not inflicted by law enforcement.
The suspects were arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto. The investigation is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.