Three dead, two wounded in Pasadena, California shootings

Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:15am EDT

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(Reuters) - Three people were killed and two wounded in a shooting late on Saturday afternoon in Pasadena, California before the gunman surrendered, police said.

Police responded to multiple 911 calls from residents about shots being fired and found a man barricaded in a home after “shooting indiscriminately" at people passing by, said Lt. Vasken Gourdikian of the Pasadena Police Department. The man also fired heavily upon officers arriving at the scene, he said.

After a standoff, police persuaded the suspected gunman to surrender and he was taken into custody without further incident, Gourdikian said.

He was later identified as John Izeal Smith, 35, of Pasadena. He was being held after being book on three counts of murder, police said. The victims' identities were not available.

Police did not provide a motive for the shootings nor whether the suspect had any connection to the victims. Two other people suffered minor to moderate injuries, he said.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Missouri and Chris Michaud in New York; Editing by Sharon Bernstein and Michael Perry)

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Comments (11)
ohbillsav wrote:
@ Wayne,,,until he srarted shooting he was one of your good guys with a gun.

Jul 12, 2014 12:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mister_Mister wrote:
Another day in America, another innocent person dead…

Jul 13, 2014 2:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ANZUS wrote:
Just wondering if “crazy people” doing “crazy things” is really news anymore these days? With the manifold lifestyles that cannot, at least from a moralistic position, be challenged, and accepted by the “modern” among us. Why isn’t one’s lifestyle in such circumstances relevant to report, which in years past, commonplace? Could it be that such reporting styles would convey too many germane points to the cause for the tragedy. How much the tragedy seems to be, is more pertinent to the agenda of the times; an empathetic request saying “look here” rather than a more circumspect approach to the information.

Jul 13, 2014 2:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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