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UPDATED: Alleged robbery attempt turns deadly in Newhall

Man shot in altercation on Lyons Avenue

Posted: September 26, 2008 11:22 a.m.
Updated: November 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A man was killed during an alleged robbery attempt this morning in Newhall, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a black SUV pulled up behind a white Ford Ranger pickup as both vehicles were eastbound on Lyons Avenue near Apple Street, in front of a Washington Mutual bank branch, said Sgt. Ron Price of the SCV Sheriff's Station.

A male from the SUV got out of his vehicle and approached the passenger side of the pickup, allegedly holding a gun and attempting to rob the pickup's driver and passenger, Price said.

"I'm thinking (the gunman) already had the gun out" when he approached the truck, Price said.

The passenger of the pickup truck attempted to wrestle the gun away, and the gun discharged. One shot struck the passenger in the torso.

Witnesses reported the driver of the SUV fled the scene, and turned north onto Orchard Village Road, Price said.

A passerby stopped at the scene of the shooting, identified herself as a doctor, and began giving the victim CPR. Paramedics from L.A. County Fire Station 73 then arrived and transported the victim to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Price said.

The pickup truck driver, who was not injured, was taken to the SCV Sheriff's Station for questioning.

Traffic near the scene was backed up as Sheriff's deputies and homicide detectives investigated the shooting, and being diverted around the scene through the shopping center in which the Vallarta supermarket is located.

"We have no other leads or information at this time," Price said.

He urged anyone who witnessed the shooting to contact the Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121 or the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Just after 11 a.m., Marc Winger, Newhall School District superintendent, issued a statement that said the Sheriff's department had assured school officials the suspects had left the area and were not a threat to local schools.

As a precaution, however, morning recess was cancelled at Newhall, Peacxhland, Old Orchard and Wiley Canyon elementary schools.

"The plan now is that we will let them out with heightened supervision at lunchtime," Winger wrote.
"Members of upper management were at all sites and found them to be safe and secure.

"It is a minimum day for upper graders so each principal sent a Connect Ed to parents assuring them that kids were safe, we held them in at recess only as a precaution, that they've talked to upper grade walkers about safe walking home, and invited parents to pick up kids if they would like to do so," Winger added. 

Hart High is not on lockdown, according to Rochelle Neal, assistant superintendent of human resources and student services.

Check later for further updates.


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