2 women killed, 1 injured in San Bernardino shooting

ByLeticia Juarez and ABC7.com staff via KABC logo
Saturday, August 25, 2018
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A homicide suspect was taken into custody after two women were killed and another was wounded in a shooting in San Bernardino.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- An investigation is underway in San Bernardino, where two women were killed and another was wounded in a shooting.

The shooting occurred about 7 a.m. in the 100 block of W. Wabash Street, according to the San Bernardino Police Department.

The injured woman, described as a neighbor and good Samaritan, suffered a graze wound and is expected to survive.

The suspect was taken into custody sometime Friday afternoon. Witnesses identified the suspect as Nimeone King, who had been in a relationship for approximately one year with one of the victims, Valerie Vajda.

San Bernardino police located King with a partially loaded firearm in his possession when he was seen hours later walking in the area of 7th Street and Medical Center Drive.

Friends said Vajda, a mother of six, was staying with a friend in order to save money before moving to Florida to make a new start with her children and the new man in her life, but they said her ex-boyfriend had other plans. The friends said the deceased woman was part of a tight-knit Hungarian community.

"She had a hard life. She struggled, but she always supported her kids," said one of the friends, who declined to give her name. "She was good, kind-hearted. She just always had a hard time. I guess she just got the wrong boyfriend."

Michael Blair said his aunt Darlene Franken was also a victim.

Friends said Franken took in Vajda and her children after they were evicted.

"She looked out for a lot of people, and now her life is gone because of the people she looked out for," Blair said.

Friends and family of the victims said they plan to start a GoFundMe page for the victims.

San Bernardino police is asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Detective Cunningham at (909) 384-5745 or Sergeant Kokesh at (909) 384-5613.