Los Angeles police say suspect in deadly shooting rampage has been arrested

Los Angeles police say suspect in deadly shooting rampage has been arrested

Four people were shot dead and two wounded on Thursday in a shooting spree that spread across four three Los Angeles neighbourhoods and touched off a 12-hour manhunt before police tackled and arrested an armed suspect.

Police who spent hours pursuing Gerry Dean Zaragoza from one end of the valley to the other took him into custody on July 25 not far from where the rampage had begun before dawn.

The man, identified as Gerry Dean Zaragoza, 26, is suspected of shooting his father, brother and mother in the family's Canoga Park apartment shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The shooting spree started at an apartment the suspect shared with his parents at about 2 a.m. on Thursday in LA's Canoga Park, police said.

Later, at about 7:45 a.m., police said Zaragoza allegedly shot a gardener he tried to rob at an ATM machine.

Hours later, Zaragoza targeted a stranger on a bus in Van Nuys - whom he allegedly shot and killed. The suspect allegedly pulled a handgun on a man about 40 years old, but he fled when he realized the victim had no money, police said. A woman believed to be an acquaintance of Zaragoza was killed and a man was critically wounded.

A neighbor, Ruth Barcena, told CBS Los Angeles that Zaragoza's mother was always friendly. She was rushed to a hospital but her condition wasn't immediately released.

LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said police believe Zaragoza and the two victims at the gas station were "acquaintances".

The woman was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life threatening.

A man in his 50s and another in his 20s were pronounced dead at the scene.

He was captured by plainclothes officers surveilling the area, said police Capt. William Hayes, who added, "There was a small use of force". The man was shot five times and was in critical condition, the Los Angeles Times and other media reported.

The first shooting occurred about 1:50 a.m. Thursday at an apartment in the 21000 block of Roscoe Boulevard, near DeSoto Avenue, in Canoga Park, police said. Reports from the scene indicated she may have been the suspect's ex-girlfriend.

Television footage showed Zaragoza sitting in a wheelchair and appearing alert as he was loaded into an ambulance.

However, investigators have yet to discover a possible motive for the attacks.



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