Pasadena police said Wednesday afternoon that a Christmas day shooting in a neighborhood near John Muir High School wounded an “identified … gang associate” but killed an innocent bystander who was a Sheriff’s Dept. employee and father of two.
The incident began shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Pasadena Police Officers responded to Newport Avenue and Wyoming Street regarding 911 calls of gunfire in the area, police said.
Upon arrival police officers discovered that a vehicle had collided into a light-pole. The driver, later identified as Damion Taylor, 24, ofÂ Pasadena, had sustained a gunshot wound.
Officers located a second gunshot victim lying on the sidewalk, north of the collision site. The second victim (a pedestrian) wasÂ identified as Victor J. McClinton, 49, also of Pasadena.
Pasadena Fire Department paramedics responded and transported both victims to aÂ local area hospital.
McClinton was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Authorities said Damion Taylor, who police say has been identified as a gang associate, remains hospitalized withÂ non-life threatening injuries.
There does not appear to be any connection betweenÂ Taylor and McClinton except that they were in the same general area when theÂ shooting occurred, police said.
Pasadena Police detectives responded and continue to investigate this crime and ask that any member of the publicÂ with information contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241, or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS
(8477) or http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena).