Man identified in wild chase that left trail of destruction in SoCal. Here’s how it unfolded.
A wild, chase-filled night in the foothills of Southern California has left at least three people dead.
A gunman believed to be holding hostages entered a home in the San Clemente neighborhood of California on Friday, shooting a woman and a man to death and wounding a second man, authorities said.
The suspect also drove away with a second victim who was found walking along a dead-end street in the same neighborhood, the sheriff’s office said. The two were hospitalized in critical condition.
The rampage ended when the suspect drove to a home in Escondido and fired on a man inside. The gunman opened fire on the homeowner, who was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.
The third victim was hospitalized with what is believed to be a shotgun wound, according to the sheriff’s office.
The identities of the victims have not been released.
The victims lived in the same neighborhood as the suspect. Authorities said they were not there at the time of the shooting.
A woman was shot in the back of the head and killed inside a home in San Clemente, then a second woman was shot by a suspect who fled the scene, authorities said.
“The suspect first shot the woman that lived at the home, then went to an adjacent house to make sure that person wasn’t still hiding there,” Deputy Jeff Hall said. “The suspect is described as a slender, white male in his mid-30’s with graying hair.”
The gunman, who was armed with a shotgun and a handgun, fled the scene in a vehicle, Hall said.
Authorities believe the suspect walked up to the victims’ homes and shot them. He then made his way to Escondido and opened fire on a homeowner at 3:47 a.m.
The suspect apparently drove to the Escondido home and fired on a