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UPDATED: Deputies search for car-to-car shooting suspects

Two locals wounded

Posted: April 9, 2009 3:41 p.m.
Updated: April 9, 2009 12:43 p.m.
Sheriff's detectives continued their search for suspects in an early Sunday morning car-to-car shooting that sent two Santa Clarita men to the hospital, said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The search gives solace to Daniel, who drove the car carrying the two gunshot victims during the melee. Daniel's last name is being withheld because of the ongoing investigation.

The incident began after Daniel and his girlfriend picked up two friends from a Canyon Country apartment Sunday at 3 a.m. The group was headed to the home of one of the victims when they stopped at the intersection of Cedarcreek Street and Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country. That's where they saw what Daniel described as a white Infiniti on Camp Plenty Road begin to make a U-turn and then switch course.

"He stopped alongside my car and a guy got out," Daniel said.

Daniel said he took off. "I've got a 2-year-old son. I don't need any trouble," he said.

The car chased Daniel and his three passengers through Canyon Country at speeds in excess of 70 mph, he said.

"(The car) almost hit me at the Cedarcreek (Street) and Crosspath (Avenue)," Daniel said.

Daniel continued to evade the car until both vehicles were speeding down White Canyon Road side-by-side. "I was doing almost 70 before I turned on Pleasantdale," he said.

"We got three houses down on Pleasantdale and I heard pop, pop," he said. Then his friends in the backseat screamed.

One of the victims was struck in the back and the second was struck in the head by what appeared to be a bullet fragment.

"I was just scared," Daniel said. "I thought we were going to die."

The pursuit ended when Daniel drove into the parking lot of the Home Depot in Canyon Country and pulled up next to a Sheriff's Station patrol car, he said.

Deputies canvassed the area looking for the white vehicle and the suspects, but were not able to locate them, according to a sheriff's statement.

Los Angeles County Fire paramedics treated the victims at the scene and then took them to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where one victim remains hospitalized.

Santa Clarita Valley COBRA Detectives are investigating whether the incident is gang-related.

The suspects are described as Hispanic males, 20-25 years old, with shaved heads. The suspected shooter appeared to be heavyset.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should immediately contact Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.


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