A kidnapping suspect shot a woman in the face and then held a gun to the head of a 10-year-old girl before being taken into custody Sunday night in Lancaster, authorities said.
Deputies responded to an emergency call regarding a person with a gun in the area of 11th Street East and Avenue R just after 10:30 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
They arrived near the 1100 block of East Avenue R to find a man holding a gun to the head of a child.
The child was described as a 10-year-old girl by a Sheriff’s Department spokesperson.
Deputies ordered the man to drop the gun and arrested him when he eventually complied.
Investigators later determined that a woman was entering her apartment earlier in the evening when the suspect confronted her and asked to come inside because someone was chasing him.
He then forced himself inside and tried to attack the victim with a hammer when she refused his request.
The woman then ran to a bedroom and retrieved a handgun in an effort to protect herself, but the suspect overpowered her and took the gun, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
The intruder then shot the victim in the face and turned his attention to the child.
Investigators said he grabbed the girl and tried to flee but was followed by the girl’s father.
The suspect then allegedly pointed the gun at the girl’s father then at her as deputies arrived at the scene and deescalated the situation.
The incident remains under investigation.
Around 11:12 p.m., deputies then responded to an unrelated gunshot call in the 1100 block of West Avenue K, the Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
A victim was found at that location suffering from a gunshot wound.
The unidentified Hispanic man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
No description of the shooter, or shooters, was available.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.