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Gunman shoots Man in 70s, Woman held hostage, Two die
On Tuesday in Pasadena, a gunman in his 20s shot a man in his 70s. After killing off the man, attempting to jack a car from a woman, and holding a woman hostage for a period of time, police were forced to shoot the gunman. He was pronounced dead on the scene, and it’s been determined that both men knew each other, though motives are unclear.
Officers eventually arrived on the scene around 2:35 p.m. on the 600 block of Sunnyslope Ave, after the gunman shot the man in his 70s, according to Pasadena Police Department Chief John Perez. At this point, the unnamed gunman attempted to steal a woman’s car but failed, then exchanging gunfire with police. The victim has also not had his name released, pending his relative’s notification. According to NBC Los Angeles, the gunman also attempted to carjack the car of another woman, but failed to do so and instead held her hostage at gunpoint.
At some point, this second woman got away and the gunman was eventually cornered by police. According to The Sacramento Bee, the hostage woman is unhurt. Both women are reported to have been physically unharmed, though at least one is distressed as a result of the incident. No officers have been reported injured.
Investigators eventually blocked off large parts of the neighborhood in order to isolate the three separate crime scenes. According to witnesses who reported to ABC7 Los Angeles, there were multiple gunshots heard over an extended period of time.
One resident explained, “It was just a bunch of gunshots at once… It went on for a while. It wasn’t one and done. I heard it go off a couple of times.”
Again, the man exchanged gunfire with police and was hit with at least one gunshot, though it’s still unclear whether this was a strike by a police officer or if the wound is self-inflicted. Regardless, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was taken to the hospital where he ultimately died of his injuries.
Anyone with information on the shooting has been requested to call the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241, and anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.