At least one person was killed and three others injured Saturday when a drug deal sparked a shooting in a Dealer Joe’s parking lot in the West Hills. Los Angeles.
The shooting took place at approximately 3:45 p.m. in the Trader Joe’s parking lot located at the 22800 block of Vanowen Street near Fallbrook Avenue. Police said one person was declared dead at the scene, while three others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.
“Our initial investigation revealed that the dispute centered around a drug deal in the area,” Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton told a news conference. Fox 11 Los Angeles. “During this conflict, several suspects produced firearms and shot each other.”
“Following the incident here, where the shooting occurred, one of the suspects fled that location,” Hamilton told reporters, explaining how police helicopters noticed the suspect fled the scene in a car with its windows shot out and directed ground units in that direction. .
“This suspect was involved in a traffic collision, in which another person was injured and continued to flee the area,” he said.
The Air Force unit notices the suspect later transforms into a different vehicle. Around that time, Hamilton said, one of the shooting victims was declared dead at the scene, thus becoming the suspect. Wanted for murder. Ground units apprehended the suspect, which led to a brief manhunt. Fox 11 reported, citing fire officials, that the dead man was a 45-year-old man.
The car stopped near Canoga Boulevard and Saticoi Street in Canoga Park, and its driver and the suspect who fled the scene of the shooting were arrested.
“We believe that everyone involved in the conflict here is either detained or in hospital,” Hamilton was quoted as saying by the Los Angeles Times.
At the time of the press conference, three people were in detention and two remained in hospital, although there is a possibility that people receiving hospitalization could be taken into custody later as the investigation progresses. vice president added.
Police said two firearms were recovered, and the gang-related incident is being investigated.
the Hit-and-run victim Police added that he was being treated for injuries believed to be life-threatening.
The authorities did not immediately identify the suspect or the victims.