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Suspect, Two Others Killed In LA Shooting Rampage

Suspect, Two Others Killed In LA Shooting Rampage

Los Angeles police fatally shot a man early Tuesday morning after he allegedly went on a violent rampage in the city’s downtown, shooting several people – killing two of them, including a newlywed – seemingly at random before leading police on an hours-long chase that ended in a standoff on a freeway overpass.

The suspect, only described as a man in his late 40s or early 50s, was pronounced dead on the overpass in Orange County, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The man had been in a white Jeep Cherokee and refused pleas from police and a family member to surrender, authorities said. He shot at police during the standoff and one officer returned fire, killing him. His death marks the second time LAPD officers have fatally shot a person in four days.

The drive-by shooting rampage began around 12:55 a.m. near the University of Southern California. The suspect pulled alongside a victim’s vehicle and fired multiple rounds at him, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday morning during a police commission meeting. The victim suffered a bullet graze wound to his head; he is expected to survive his injuries.

Moore said a dashboard camera inside the victim’s vehicle captured part of the shooting and the Jeep’s license plate.

About 10 minutes later, a shooting occurred less than a mile (kilometer) away. The suspect drove alongside another man’s vehicle – this time in a Starbucks drive-thru – and backed into it, causing a slight crash. The suspect then fired into the vehicle, killing a newlywed who was driving with his wife, Moore said. Police believe there was a “verbal exchange” between the couple and the gunman but Moore did not know what had been said.

Neither victim was a USC student, the university said.

The second deadly shooting occurred around 1:25 a.m., about 3 miles (4.83 kilometers) away from the second scene. A man was driving when the suspect pulled up next to him and began firing through the window, fatally striking the victim.

A fourth incident was reported shortly after the homicide, Moore said, when the suspect fired at a vehicle in an intersection.

Officers spotted the suspect’s Jeep and began a long pursuit, which included the suspect firing at a white Tesla while driving. The driver inside was not injured.

The chase crossed several freeways in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Police used spike strips to disable the Jeep on an overpass in Fullerton around 3:30 a.m., when a standoff with LAPD SWAT officers began.

SWAT pinned the Jeep in and attempted negotiations to surrender, Moore said. The suspect began firing at the officers through the vehicle’s front windshield, and an officer returned fire. The man shot at police a second time, the chief said, prompting the officer to return fire again.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and a handgun believed to be linked to the earlier shootings was found, Moore said.

Police are investigating what led to the spate of violence and if the man is connected to any other crimes.

News Source: Republic World

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