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Suspect in Los Angeles-area shootings detained

 

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people and wounded four others within the span of an hour Sunday in the Los Angeles area was taken into custody following a standoff, police said.

The suspect was detained by SWAT officers after holing up in a house in Sylmar for about an hour, Capt. William Hayes said.

He declined to say what led officers to the house or whether any evidence was found inside. Witness had reported seeing two men in a tan- or gold-colored SUV at two of the three shooting scenes in the San Fernando Valley area. However, Hayes declined to say whether a second suspect remained at large.

"I can't tell you whether there was a second individual, we're following all clues and leads at this time," he said late Sunday.

Police said the victims appeared to be randomly targeted by the same gunmen because the same type of weapon was used in the morning attacks and the suspect shot at victims from inside a car.

In the first attack, a family of five riding in a car to attend church was struck by gunfire at 5:50 a.m. in San Fernando. The family had pulled over after noticing the suspect driving erratically when they were shot, Sgt. Frank Preciado, a police spokesman, said.

A woman in her 20s was killed, her mother and father were critically wounded and two children sustained minor injuries from either bullet fragments or broken glass, Preciado said.

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