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Gildardo Morales, 48, was found fatally shot in his truck in Pacoima on Aug. 21, 2014. Alexander Hernandez was charged with murder in the death. (Credit: KTLA)

A Sylmar man described by authorities as a serial killer was charged Thursday with three murders in connection with a five-day shooting rampage across the San Fernando Valley this past summer.

The new charges filed Thursday against Alexander Hernandez, 34, stemmed from three separate shootings on Aug. 24 that left two women and a man dead. After those shootings, investigators linked Hernandez to a series of other shotgun attacks in the days before.

The new murder charges accuse Hernandez in the killings of Gloria Tovar, a 59-year-old woman gunned down in Pacoima as she was waiting to pick up a friend for church; Michael Planells, a 29-year-old man killed while looking for cans at the Sylmar Recreation Center; and Mariana Franco, a 23-year-old woman fatally shot while driving to morning Mass with her family.

Hernandez was also charged with the attempted murders of Franco’s parents, who were injured in that shooting, and two siblings. The new charges also include attempted murder in an Aug. 20 shooting of a woman in Atwater Village.

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