Three Shot Dead, Two Wounded in Saturday Attack; Suspect in Custody

Published : Saturday, July 12, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez describes what is known about the fatal shooting of three and wounding of two others which occurred occurred on July 12, 2014 in the 1700 block of North Summit Avenue.


[Updated July 12, 2014 | 9:32 p.m.]  Three people were shot dead and two wounded in an apparent landlord-tenant dispute that ended when the surrounded, barricaded suspect surrendered to police Saturday afternoon.

Police said the incident exploded around 4:20 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Summit Avenue.

“The call came in as an active shooter [call] ,” said Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Fire department spokeswoman, “when police arrived the suspect fired at two officers. They were able to take cover and were not wounded.”

“The suspect retreated with a rifle back into the house” and fired at police officers, Lt. Ed Calatayud said.

During the standoff, the suspect called the police department’s communications center. A police dispatcher convinced the man to surrender himself to officers without further incident.

“All the victims were not discovered until after the suspect surrendered,” said Derderian. The victims are described as having been found both inside and outside the home.

Sanchez identified the shooter as John Izael Smith, a 35-year-old Pasadena resident.

“The suspect was either renting or staying with the victims in a bungalow,” Sanchez said.

“Preliminary information indicates that there was a verbal altercation,” Sanchez said. “When one of the victim’s relatives arrived on the scene, the violence escalated. Two of the victims ran from the home quickly. The suspect exited the home, firing the weapon and killed one victim and the other was wounded.”

Two other victims were found fatally wounded inside the home, authorities said.

Sanchez said it is possible that as many as 40 rounds were fired by the suspect, but Pasadena police did not fire one single round in the crowded neighborhood as they worked to control and contain the shooter.

Media reports quote Derderian as saying the two police cruisers first to arrive on the scene were riddled with bullets.

The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of family members. No officers were injured during the attack.

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