Yesterday afternoon, police in Los Angeles responded to reports of a “carjacking” and found themselves involved in a search for a Hispanic couple on a shooting spree. 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, that resulted in the murder of one person and the wounding of three others.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Ryan Rouzan told the AP: “It doesn’t appear they were target-specific or gang related.” Rouzan added that the investigation into the incident is still ongoing. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the rampage began at around 2:15 pm, when one person forced a woman from her Nissan Pathfinder in Pico Rivera, a community southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Police said the two suspects, a man and a woman, then opened fire on at least three more people in neighboring communities. Rouzan said that so far, they were aware of at least one man who was shot in the rampage who was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Investigators confirmed that currently it was 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. The condition of the car jacking victim was not disclosed in the reports, but Rouzan said she appeared to be shaken, but had not been shot in the attack. Police have not yet release the conditions of the other three victims of what investigators have so-far called a random attack.
Police are still searching for the suspects in the incident, they have been described as a male Hispanic about 30 years old and a Hispanic woman approximately the same age. At this time police are not sure if the woman is a willing accomplice in the attacks or is a hostage. Both persons are considered armed and dangerous at this time. If you have any information as to the pairs identity, you are asked to contact your local police department.