Gunman Held on Suspicion of Murder After Man Killed in Hawthorne Shooting

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An investigation was underway on June 2, 2015, into the fatal shooting of a man in Hawthorne. (Credit: KTLA)

A gunman who allegedly opened fire with a rifle on another man and a woman, killing the man, was identified by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday, about 12 hours after the Hawthorne shooting.

Christopher Fennelle, 25, was arrested by police on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting at an apartment in the 13000 block of South Prairie Avenue, the Sheriff’s Department announced.

A man and woman, both also 25, had gone to visit Fennelle in his apartment when an altercation occurred, authorities said.

Fennelle allegedly produced a rifle and began shooting at both victims, who ran from the apartment. The man, who had been struck by gunfire inside the apartment, died on a sidewalk shortly thereafter.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not yet released his identity.

The woman was not struck by the gunfire and was able to flee without getting hurt, authorities said.

Fennelle’s weapon was found, according to the news release.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisting the Hawthorne Police Department with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who would prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477, texting the letters “TIPLA” plus a tip to 274637, or through

KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this story.

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