LOS ANGELES Shooting – Police in Los Angeles said that a shooting occurred during a narcotics exchange outside of a shopping center on Saturday, leaving one person dead and three others injured. Around 3:45 p.m., an argument over a drug trade between several suspects resulted in gunfire in a parking lot at the Fallbrook Shopping Center in West Hills, according to Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton.
Police could not right away identify the dead man. Three people who were shot at were taken to a hospital and given non-life-threatening medical attention. After being discharged from medical treatment, at least two of those may be charged, according to Hamilton. Investigators think gang members were involved in the shooting, and three individuals were in jail as of Saturday night, he added.
The Van Nuys Jail has taken custody of Mark Connole, 34, of Woodland Hills, California, on a charge of murder, according to a statement from the police on Sunday. According to Hamilton, police found two weapons on the scene. A car with windows blasted out was noticed and monitored by an LAPD aircraft as it left the site, according to Hamilton.
“We believe that all of the people involved in this dispute have been identified and we believe we have them either in custody or we have them where we can provide them medical care,” Hamilton said.
Related Story: Investigating underway following Shooting on I-95 in Prince William County
At 9:40 p.m. on April 5, a Virginia State Police officer saw an SUV with the incorrect license plates, which meant that it wasn’t properly registered. Near Exit 167 in Fairfax County, the car was going south on I-95. When the trooper tried to pull the SUV over for speeding, it didn’t stop and instead drove away. When it hit the barrier around mile marker 152, the car that was running away crashed, but it kept heading south on I-95.
The SUV went off the right side of the road near Exit 148 in Prince William County and slammed into the woods. When the troopers got close to the SUV, the driver opened fire on them. The state police fired back. Both the man driving and the woman riding with him were hurt. The man’s injuries were so bad that he had to be transported to a local hospital. The woman was dead when police arrived. There were shots fired, but no state police were hurt.
According to state police regulations, the people who were engaged in the shooting are now on administrative leave until the inquiry is over. The SUV was searched, and a gun was found there. The event is still being looked into by the Fairfax Field Office of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
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