Suspect Held On $1M Bail After Fatal Cypress Motel Shooting

CYPRESS (CBS)  — A 23-year-old man is being held Friday on $1 million bail at the Orange County Jail after a shooting Thursday night in a Cypress motel that left one man dead and another in critical condition.

Steven Matthew LeClaire was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

About 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Cypress police responded to a shooting at the Cypress Lodge Motel, 5601 Lincoln Ave.

One man was shot in the chest, another took a bullet in the leg, and a third man suffered a fatal bullet wound to the torso, Cypress police Sgt. Robert Cote said.

The man shot in the chest was listed in critical condition today at UC Irvine Medical Center and the other surviving victim was in fair condition, Cote said. He did not know the ages of the victims.

Investigators today were still working to determine the motive, Cote said, and to confirm whether LeClaire is enlisted in the military.

The four were hanging out together in the motel room when the shooting started, the sergeant said, adding that LeClaire made no effort to flee the crime scene.

“He was very complacent,” Cote said. “He took orders from the officers and went into custody without incident.”

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