Thousand Palms shooting leads to standoff

Bianca Rae, KESQ News Channel 3 Reporter, brae@kesq.com
POSTED: 11:19 PM PDT Jul 03, 2012 

A two hour standoff in Thousand Palms on La Canada and Monte Vista ended with an alleged shooting suspect turning himself over to police.

It all started at 5:30, when police came to Via Pared and La Canada just a few blocks away, where there were shots fired.

When they got there, they saw evidence that a shooting did indeed occur. When they were scanning the area, they got information that there was a gunshot victim at the hospital who they believed it to be the victim of the shooting. That person had non life-threatening injuries.

At that point, there was a suspect, or suspects, on the loose, but as police were gathering information, they heard that the shooter was in a home on La Canada and Monte Vista.

Police did a surround and callout, yelling "come out with your hands in the air". Finally, the man came out and he was detained.

Police went inside and fired less-lethal shots to keep pitbulls at bay -- no animals were hurt, though.

Once inside, police didn't find any more suspects or any other victims. Police believe the man in the home is responsible for the shooting.