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Two-month shooting spree over

Three alleged BB-gun snipers arrested

Posted: December 17, 2008 9:37 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2008 4:55 a.m.

For more than two months, Soledad Canyon Road was a shooting gallery.

The latest victim was a 53-year-old bicyclist who was shot in the head and had an embedded BB surgically removed from behind an ear.

But the shooting spree is over, authorities claim, now that investigators with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station arrested two more suspected BB-gun snipers.

The arrests bring the number of people arrested to three in connection with the BB gun shootings.
"We arrested two guys last night (Tuesday) who have admitted to a number of the shootings, if not all of the BB gun shootings," said Sgt. Darren Harris of the SCV Sheriff's Station.

The latest arrests cap a serious shooting crime spree.

Since September, local deputies grappled with a rash of BB-gun and pellet-gun shootings of commercial buildings and moving cars, deputies said.

Nearly all the crimes occurred in Canyon Country, deputies said.

Deputies arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of about 35 shooting incidents in which glass was shattered in businesses and moving vehicles, Sheriff's spokeswoman Lt. Brenda Cambra said Monday.

But when the suspected sniper was to appear in court Monday, deputies were called to another pellet-gun shooting.

At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, five alleged victims of a pellet-gun shooting showed up at the sheriff's station on Magic Mountain Parkway to report incidents.

The five were riding their bicycles near Soledad Canyon Road and Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country when a car pulled up alongside of them and fired at least three shots from a BB gun at them, deputies said. The 53-year-old man was shot in this incident.

"Despite a recent arrest, the investigation is continuing into several incidents of air-gun related vandalism and assaults after yet another occurrence last night," deputies said in a press release issued Wednesday.
A sniper shot a 13-year-old girl with a BB gun as she was sitting at a bus stop near Soledad Canyon Road and Crossglade Avenue at 8 a.m. Dec. 3, deputies reported.

The girl suffered a puncture wound on her arm, but was not seriously injured during the attack, deputies said.

She told investigators she saw a tan four-door vehicle drive by at the time of the shooting.

Other shooting victims described the gunman's car as a 2000 or 2001 four-door white Honda Civic.

Detectives thought they had arrested the BB gun sniper early Saturday morning when a 22-year-old Canyon Country man was stopped by deputies who say they found a BB gun in his car, deputies said Monday.

Dusan Klein of Canyon Country told deputies someone shot at him as he drove his car west on Soledad at about 10:45 a.m. Friday.

"I thought I had a blowout so I tried to keep the car on the road," he said.

A projectile pierced and shattered the passenger window of Klein's 1996 Ford Mustang.

Shooting at someone in a moving vehicle is a felony, deputies said in a press release, noting shooters could face felony assault charges and significant prison sentences.

A shooting that causes a motorist or bicyclist to lose control of their vehicle or bicycle causing serious injury or death could mean "more severe felony charges," deputies said.

Parents who are aware their teenagers possess such BB or pellet guns might also be held civilly liable for damages to property or personal injury due to the unlawful or negligent use of those weapons.

Sheriff's deputies urge parents to talk to their teenagers about the dangers associated with irresponsible and unlawful actions pertaining to air guns and the consequences.

Deputies ask anyone with any information about the shootings to call the station at (661) 255-1121.




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