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Spat with ex-gf may be behind shooting

April 1, 2009 12:17:56 PM PDT
A manhunt is underway for a suspect who opened fire on a van in West Covina on Tuesday night, killing one man and wounding another. Police said the shots tore through the van, hitting both the driver and the passengers in the 2300 block of West Merced Avenue at about 10:30 p.m.

The gunfire that rang out right in front of an apartment complex caught many residents in the West Covina neighborhood completely off guard.

"First it sounded like a car backfiring. I knew it wasn't a car backfiring because there were four shots after that," said neighbor Terry Lampkin.

"Hopefully, it doesn't start up again, because I have two sons and their bedroom is right there, by the street side, and if they were to start shooting, my sons are right there," Lampkin said.

Isaac Parra, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.

Police believe the shooting may have been prompted by an argument with a victim's old girlfriend.

"Information we've gotten so far it seems to be something between an ex-girlfriend and a former boyfriend, not gang-related at all," said Lt. Ron Mitchell of the West Covina Police Department.

While there were many witnesses to the shooting, no one got a good look at the suspect, who was wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt.

While police search for clues, residents of the normally quiet neighborhood wonder about their safety. They worry that the bullets that went through the van could just as easily have gone through their windows and walls.


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