Custody battle becomes shooting
07:20 AM PDT on Tuesday, September 29, 2009
An infant custody dispute turned bloody when a man shot his girlfriend's father and brother at a home in Valinda, then fled from pursuing deputies, stormed into a second home and shot himself in the head, authorities said today.
Three people were hospitalized today with gunshot wounds, including the alleged gunman, who was listed in serious condition, said Lt. Pete Cacheiro, a watch commander at the Los Angeles County sheriff's Industry station.
The shootings were first reported as "a man with a gun call" at 6:46 p.m. Monday in the 16200 block of Benwick Street in Valinda, between West Covina and Industry, Cacheiro said.
Bryan Ornelas, 21, of Chino was arguing with his girlfriend, Stephanie Rizo, 20, about visitation rights regarding their 3-month-old infant, when Ornelas pulled a handgun and shot Rizo's 40-year-old father and her 16-year-old brother, both in their left arms, Cacheiro said.
As a sheriff's helicopter hovered overhead, deputies in patrol cars arrived moments later as a black Dodge Charger sped away on Benwick, Cacheiro said.
The deputies pursued the Dodge a half-mile to the 1600 block of Mullender Avenue, where Ornelas got out of the Dodge and ran into a home, Cacheiro said.
Owners of the home then rushed outside. Deputies went in and found the man suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, a handgun nearby, Cacheiro said.
Ornelas was taken to a hospital and listed in serious condition early today, Cacheiro said.
Rizo's father and teen-aged brother were hospitalized and considered stable, Cacheiro said. Rizo and the baby were not injured.
--City News Service
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