Mo­tive ex­am­ined in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia shoot­ings

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Han­nah Fry, Richard Win­ton and Matthew Orm­seth

LOS AN­GE­LES — One day after a shoot­ing ram­page in the San Fer­nando Valley left four dead and three injured, au­thor­i­ties are try­ing to sort out what prompted the string of vi­o­lence.

Los An­ge­les po­lice say Gerry Dean Zaragoza, 26, first shot his fa­ther, mother and brother at their home in Canoga Park in the middle of the night, then shot a woman he re­port­edly knew a few miles away.

After that, the ram­page appears to have turned ran­dom, au­thor­i­ties said.

“He didn’t even talk to his last vic­tim,” said LAPD Capt. Billy Hayes, who over­sees the depart­ment’s Rob­bery-Homi­cide Divi­sion. “It doesn’t look like there was any in­ter­ac­tion between them.”

The vi­o­lence brought a huge po­lice pres­ence to the Valley and left res­i­dents shaken.

LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, who over­sees de­tec­tives, said au­thor­i­ties have not iden­ti­fied a mo­tive in the shoot­ings.

“Get­ting the sus­pect into cus­tody was the pri­or­ity,” he said, adding that de­tec­tives will now fo­cus on build­ing a case to sub­mit to pros­e­cu­tors.

Au­thor­i­ties say Zaragoza at­tacked his fam­ily inside their apart­ment in Canoga Park. His 50-year-old fa­ther and 20-year-old brother were fa­tally shot. His mother suf­fered a gun­shot wound and was taken to a hospital in sta­ble condition, po­lice said.

Au­thor­i­ties are not sure why he opened fire on his fam­ily.

After leav­ing his fam­ily’s home, po­lice say Zaragoza opened fire out­side a Shell gas sta­tion in North Hol­ly­wood. When po­lice ar­rived, they found a man and a woman suf­fer­ing from gun­shot wounds.

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