ONTARIO, Calif. (KTLA) — Police have arrested a man in connection with what they say was a botched home robbery that left two of his accomplices and another man dead.
The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old Steven Carter, of Upland. He has been charged with three counts of murder.
Police responded to a home in the 1000 block of South Magnolia Avenue around 6:15 a.m. Monday after receiving a call about a man lying unresponsive on the driveway.
When officers arrived, they found a man’s body in the driveway between the front and rear house on the property.
The victim had been shot multiple times, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Inside the rear house, officers found two more men dead, both suffering from gunshot wounds.
Investigators found shotguns, rifles and marijuana inside the home. It wasn’t immediately clear if the drugs and weapons were connected to the murders.
Investigators say that Carter had two accomplices, and that they were among those found dead at the scene.
One of those men has been identified as 25-year-old Albert Lamar Thomas, of Ontario. The other has not been identified, pending notification of his relatives.
The third victim was the target of the robbery, according to police. He has been identified as 31-year-old Brandon Perez.
Police have not released a specific motive for the robbery, but they say that they believe Perez was targeted.
Neighbors describe the area as mostly peaceful and quiet, and say they’re shocked something like this could happen there.
“We have a lot of fireworks in the neighborhood,” resident Dave Bylfma said. “The guys down the street blast them off all the time, but this was distinctively not firecrackers.”
“In this neighborhood, there’s actually a lot of fireworks, so I’m guessing that’s why no one told the police,” another neighbor, Andrew Jacquez, said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ontario Police Department at (909) 395-2764.