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Pasadena Shooting: Suspect Surrenders to Police After Killing Three

By    |   Monday, 14 July 2014 09:36 AM

A Pasadena shooting left three people dead over the weekend after a gunman went on a spree with a rifle, later opening fire on police before surrendering.

John Izeal Smith, 35, finally gave himself up to officials later Saturday after he barricaded himself into a home and called police negotiators, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Pasadena residents first reported hearing gunshots around 4:20 p.m. Saturday, when officials said Smith chased after two people in the North Summit Avenue area, killing one and wounding another. Another man died in his driveway of gunshot wounds.

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"It appeared that [the driveway victim] approached the house to see what was going on," Pasadena deputy chief Darryl Qualls told the Times, calling the man a "good Samaritan." "He turned around and ran and was struck by gunfire."

Maria Teresa Aguiar, 59, and Luis Aguiar, 91, were identified as two of three people killed in the shooting incident, according to KTLA-TV. The television station said the name of the third person is not being released because next of kin has not yet been notified. Two other people suffered what police described to KTLA-TV as minor and moderate injuries.

Authorities took Smith into custody just before 6 p.m. after his talk with a department's hostage negotiator.

Police told KTLA-TV that the shooting may have stemmed from a tenant-landlord dispute. The Los Angeles Times said the murders were unusual for Pasadena, which had only two homicides in the city this year before Saturday's bloodshed.

"At first, I thought it was fireworks, but there were too many shots, too close together," Enrique Valasquez, 16, who lives in the neighborhood, told the Times.

Sandra Barraza, another neighbor, told the Los Angeles Daily News that she and her husband ran to their home when the gunshots were first heard.

"It was horrible. Like a movie scene," she said. "I was so scared. [The gunman] was right in front of us."

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