Attempted Murder Suspect Taken Into Custody After 7-Hour Barricade Situation
EASTVALE (CBSLA.com) — A man police said shot the mother of his two children six times and then barricaded himself inside his car for seven hours has been taken into custody.
The barricade situation took place in Hawaiian Gardens where the suspect reportedly lives.
The suspect reportedly shot the mother of his two children six times with a small caliber gun in Eastvale, in Riverside County. He then reportedly dumped her at an ER and then remained holed up in his car after driving to Hawaiian Gardens.
The shooting took place around 12:30 a.m. near Burrage and Rolling Meadow Streets, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.
The victim’s two children were not present at the time of the shooting and are reportedly in protective custody.
The woman was listed in stable condition.
Just before 7 a.m., Riverside authorities contacted deputies in Hawaiian Gardens, asking them to drive by a home registered to the suspect’s vehicle. Deputies were driving to the home when they spotted the suspect’s white Dodge driving around and tried to initiate a traffic stop.
The suspect– now identified as 33-year-old Alfredo Lopez Jr. of Eastvale – took off and it wasn’t until deputies were able to lay down spike strips on Carson Street that the driver was forced to stop. He parked his car in a strip mall parking lot, located at Carson and Norwalk Boulevard, and refused to exit the car.
The LA Sheriff’s Department used armored vehicles to surround the Dodge and evacuate a nearby Starbucks.
A perimeter was set up around the strip mall with Carson closed between Norwalk and Juan Avenue. Norwalk was closed between 216th and 223rd streets, deputies said.
Businesses were shut down on both sides of the street, reported Greg Mills for CBS2.
Around 2:45 p.m., a special enforcement unit of the deputy’s department shot tear gas into the Lopez’s vehicle. The suspect continued to refuse to surrender. Officials then deployed a K-9 officer.
Lopez was treated for minor injuries and taken to a nearby hospital. He will be released to the custody of Riverside County Sheriffs.
Mills said the barricade situation was happening at the same time Hawaiian Gardens was celebrating their 50th anniversary — with a parade — nearby.