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BANNING: Suspect in fatal shooting spree identified

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

1 dead, 1 arrested in apparently random shootings in city.

BANNING ( — Authorities on Sunday identified the suspect they said went on a deadly rampage in and around Banning Saturday killing two people and injuring several others. BANNING, Calif. – A man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of going on a violent spree in the Southern California city of Banning that left at least one person dead and three others injured, police said. Two men were shot dead in apparently random acts, one woman was injured by broken glass and a senior citizen was reportedly beaten up by the suspect identified as James Paul Diaz, 34. Police detailed the man’s suspected criminal acts at a 5 p.m. press conference on Saturday, where they said they were dealing with 4 to 5 different crime scenes. The attack, which occurred within a span of an hour on Saturday, appears to be random, and investigators are trying to determine a motive, Police Chief Alex Diaz said.

Diaz was arrested for two counts of suspicion of first-degree murder, one count of suspicion of attempted murder, one count of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of suspicion of shooting at a person from a vehicle and one count of suspicion of shooting at an inhabited vehicle, according to an account in the the Los Angeles Times. Within an hour, police in the nearby city of Beaumont fielded calls about a man knocking on people’s doors looking for his children and breaking the window of a vehicle occupied by a woman and her children, Diaz said. The rash of violence continued as the gunman made his way to an AM/PM convenience store near the 22nd Street freeway exit and assaulted a man with his fists and a blunt object around 11:53 a.m.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is believed to be connected to a shooting that killed a driver and injured a passenger, another car-to-car shooting that caused a minor injury, as well as an assault at a gas station and an attempted carjacking. Saturday when officers responding to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of East John Street found the body of a male gunshot victim, police said.

Less than 10 minutes later, officers were dispatched on an assault-with-a-deadly weapon call at an AM/PM gas station at the intersection of 22nd and Ramsey streets, police said. About an hour after police announced that a suspect had been caught, tensions rose again when police received reports that someone with a gun was threatening customers at an Arco gas station convenience store along the freeway in Banning. Police do not believe he was involved in the earlier violence, Diaz said; the suspect’s vehicle was smaller than the one police believe belonged to the shooter.

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