TUSTIN (CBSLA.com) — A newly-released affidavit in connection with the multi-city shooting rampage of Ali Syed suggests one of his victims was lured to his death.
Police say Syed, 20, shot himself with a shotgun after killing three people and injuring several more people in carjackings in Orange, Tustin and Villa Park on Feb. 19.
One of the men that died that day, plumber Jeremy Lewis, was sitting in his car, talking to a coworker at a job site when he received a phone call at 5:40 a.m., Tustin police said.
According to court documents obtained by the OC Register, Lewis told the caller, “I’ll be there in a minute.”
Lewis immediately backed his car out of his job site and drove to a nearby parking lot where Syed was waiting, according to the affidavit.
A Tustin Police detective wrote in the probable cause statement that workers saw Syed holding a shotgun as he ordered Lewis out of the car, then back in to start the engine, telling him to go away.
“When Lewis was approximately 15 feet away, he turned to run,” Detective Colton Kirwan said. “Ali Syed fired one shot at him and Lewis started to limp. When Lewis was approximately 30 feet away, Ali Syed shot him again.”
Lewis died in the parking lot from multiple gunshot wounds, after Syed shot and killed two others. Syed then turned the gun on himself.
“Based on the phone call received by Jeremy Lewis, and the fact that Lewis drove his vehicle to meet with the suspect, it became apparent that the suspect lured the victim to this location to kill him,” Kirwan wrote in the affidavit.