A man was arrested Friday afternoon just hours after three men in their 20s were fatally shot in the parking lot of a strip mall in San Bernardino, police said.
The shootings were reported about 4:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of South Diners Court (map), where officers found the three victims all suffering from gunshot wounds.
At least one victim and the gunman were believed to be gang members, according to police.
About 60 people were at the scene and were interviewed by police, San Bernardino Police Department Lt. Rich Lawhead said.
The shooting occurred in a busy commercial area near multiple chain restaurants.
One man, 26-year-old Kavin Johnson of Colton, was dead when officers arrived, according to a news release from the Police Department.
Two others who had gunshot wounds to the upper torso died after being taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center.
They were identified as David Lawler, 21, and Terry Freeman, 20. Both men were from San Bernardino.
Late this afternoon, San Bernardino police tweeted that an arrest had been made.
The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Travon Stokes.
He was at the San Bernardino Police Department being interviewed by homicide detectives, according Lawhead.
The motive for the shooting was not known but police described “a verbal exchange between the victims and the suspects where gang affiliation was verbally acknowledged.”
“The suspect then began firing multiple rounds striking the three victims, before getting into a red or burgundy four-door vehicle, and fleeing the scene,” the news release stated.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Josh Cunningham at 909-384-5745 or Sergeant Gary Robertson at 909-841-5361.