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SWAT team surrounds Tustin condo complex

August 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A SWAT team surrounded a Tustin condominium complex on Yorba Street Friday morning after reports that shots were fired.SWAT team members moved into the complex after receiving the call at about 11:40 a.m. Friday.

Police say there were a number of bullet casings in the parking lot, as well as bullet holes in walls of the condominium.

"I heard five or six shots and thought it might be fireworks but it didn't sound right. So I walked from my building over to the parking lot and I saw a man standing over a two-door sedan facing north, hand in the air, holding a handgun, and he was firing at the building," said Ralph Schiavone, who called 911. "Then there was a second round of shots, five or six shots. The guy went west into the building. He was walking. He was very calm and wasn't like acting violently, or arbitrarily. He was pointing in one fixed direction with his hand over head, over the top of the car, and aiming at the condos across the parking way."

Police evacuated nearby condominium units as they surrounded the home of the suspect, 46-year-old Christopher Poole. He was also a resident of the complex.

"They kept rushing me over here, and they got their guns drawn. Oh my gosh ... What is this?" said Nell King, who was evacuated from her nearby home.

Police had been called to the residence in the past, acting on complaints of disturbing the peace. However, there was never a call for anything as serious as firing a weapon.

Three hours after the shots were fired, police say a hostage negotiator and SWAT officers convinced Poole to surrender.

"SWAT officers did make entry. They located a firearm inside of the residence, a handgun. We believe that handgun is associated with the shooting that occurred earlier. Officers also noticed that there were some bullet holes in an adjacent residence to Mr. Poole's. They made entry into there to make sure there were no victims in there. That residence is secure. There are no victims at this time," said Lieutenant John Strain, Tustin Police Department.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Poole is in custody facing charges for allegedly shooting at the condominiums.

Investigators do not know of a motive for the shooting at this time.

 

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