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Published on May 27, 2024
San Fernando Siege, Gunman Accused of Injuring 5, Firing at LAPD Chopper in Chaotic RampageSource: Unsplash/Michael Förtsch

A 61-year-old San Fernando man has been arrested after he reportedly opened fire, injuring five people and later taking shots at a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. The chaotic scene played out late Saturday night on the 900 block of Orange Grove Avenue, where officers from the San Fernando Police Department responded to calls of an active shooter.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the suspect, Martin Rodriguez, barricaded himself inside his home following the initial outbreak of gunfire. During the standoff, Rodriguez is alleged to have taken a shot at an overhead LAPD helicopter, which was providing support to ground officers.

Four victims were found at the residence, while a fifth victim, who had driven himself to the hospital, was located subsequently as per the report by CBS News Los Angeles. The conditions of the victims have not yet been released.

KABC provided footage showing a large assembly of law enforcement that included K-9 units, SWAT teams, and an armored BearCat vehicle surrounding the scene of the night's events. After a tense standoff, Rodriguez was eventually taken into custody without incident.

Rodriguez now faces seven counts of attempted murder, alongside charges of making criminal threats, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and firing at an aircraft. His bail has been set at $9.8 million. The motive behind the shooting spree remains unclear. The investigation is ongoing and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward.