Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine the motive behind the killing of a man in Pasadena a day earlier which led to a crime spree that ended with the suspect in a fatal shootout with police.
The coroner’s office hasn’t identified the suspect, described only as a man in his 20s, and his first victim, a man in his 70s.
Police don’t know if the two men knew each other or what their relationship was, according to Lt. William Grisafe, spokesman for Pasadena police. Police ruled out gangs as a motive and believe the shooting isn’t related to other recent shootings in the city.
Authorities released a few more details about Tuesday’s crime spree.
The suspect shot the older man multiple times in the 600 block of Sunnyslope Avenue, police said. Officers checking a 2:33 p.m. call of gunshots in the area found the wounded man who was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Witnesses told officers the suspect tried to carjack a woman then ran toward Gwinn Park, Grisafe said.
Police also received calls about a man running through the park, he added. It wasn’t clear if the first gun battle with police happened in the park or near there.
“Officers arrived. He immediately shoots at them,” Grisafe said, adding one officer fired back.
The suspect ran. He ended up jumping into a yard. More officers arrived and tried to get the suspect to surrender, Grisafe said.
The suspect took a woman as a hostage. He also shot at officers. It wasn’t clear if the suspect was still holding the hostage when he did that.
Multiple officers shot back, Grisafe said.
The suspect died in the 500 block of North Sunnyslope Avenue at 2:46 p.m., according to Coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani. The death was reported as a homicide to the coroner’s office, she said.
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