A gunman was killed during a shootout with police Tuesday after allegedly killing a man, attempting to carjack two women and taking one hostage in East Pasadena.
Officers were called about 2:35 p.m. to the 600 block of Sunnyslope Avenue, near Orange Grove Boulevard, after the suspect allegedly shot the roughly 70-year-old victim, according to Pasadena Police Department Chief John Perez.
It was not immediately known what led up to the shooting.
The suspect allegedly tried to flee from police by jumping into a woman’s car and attempting to carjack her, Perez said. However, the man was unable to steal the car and exchanged gunfire with police before running down Sunnyslope Avenue.
At one point during the incident, the suspect took a second woman hostage at gunpoint. She was ultimately rescued, unharmed.
“We have no evidence that this crime was gang-related or related in any way to other crimes,” Perez said.
The suspect allegedly tried to flee from police by jumping into a woman’s car and attempting to carjack her, Perez said. However, the man was unable to steal the car and exchanged gunfire with police before running on Sunnyslope Avenue.
The man allegedly attempted to carjack a second woman, but again failed to steal the vehicle and held the woman at gunpoint until he was cornered by police in the area of East Villa Street and North Sunnyslope Avenue, Perez said.
The man exchanged fire with police and was struck by at least one gunshot, though Perez said it was not immediately known if he was struck by an officer’s bullet or if his wound was self-inflicted.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released, though police said he was in his 20’s.
The roughly 70-year-old victim was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.
His name was not released pending notification of his relatives.
The two women the man allegedly attempted to carjack were evaluated and treated at the scene for unknown injuries. No officers were reported injured.
The area of East Villa Street and North Sunnyslope Avenue was closed to traffic as authorities investigated the shooting.
Pasadena Police urge anyone with information about this case to call (626) 744-4241 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.