Deputies investigate fatal shooting, report of robbery

Sheriff's deputies search for a suspect as they investigate a robbery near Sierra Highway on Saturday night, Feb. 2, 2020. Dan Watson/The Signal

Homicide detectives with the Sheriff’s Department are investigating a fatal shooting that reportedly took place during an attempted robbery Sunday night, according to officials.

Deputies and fire officials were called to the scene of a reported robbery at the Golden Stop Liquor on the 19900 block of Golden Valley Road on Sunday night at approximately 8:21 p.m. Fire officials reported that medical personnel responded because two people were reportedly shot near that location. 

“The suspect was killed in the location and the store owner was injured and also shot and transferred to a local area hospital with non-life/threatening injuries. The store owner was struck once, and the other guy was struck multiple times,” said Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Video footage from Santa Clarita Valley freelance journalist Austin Dave showed a lone man, crawling out of the store. Based on video footage, the man appeared to have been shot in the lower part of his body.

As deputies approached the store entrance, guns drawn, the wounded man continued to crawl out of the store until a deputy grabbed him and pulled him out.

Paramedics soon arrived on the scene thereafter.

“We are there, and the initial call came out as a gunshot call,” said Michael Pittman, a dispatch supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “The indication is that there are two persons that are shot. One of the persons is an adult male, and the second patient they did not describe.”

One of the people who were shot later was confirmed dead at the scene by fire officials. The second patient, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Miguel Ornelas, was transported to a nearby hospital. 

“As of right now, there’s a robbery call over there, and we’re working on it,” said Lt. James Royal of the SCV Sheriff’s Station, around 8:45 p.m. 

The call came in at approximately 8:20 p.m., near the intersection of Golden Valley Road and Sierra Highway.

Officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station confirmed they were still on the scene investigating the robbery and the shooting as of 9 p.m., and expected to be on the scene for a while.

Deputies were still on the scene and investigating as of 9:40 p.m., and did not yet release information about the possible suspect.

Officer Robert Jimenez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau confirmed law enforcement is not looking for a suspect as it pertains to this incident.

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