AZUSA, California — A cocaine-binging “gun fanatic”armed with an assault rifle killed elderly neighbor and wounded two women in a gun rampage that forced cops to shut down three polling stations on election day.
The 45-year-old gunman, clad in black combat gear burst out onto the street outside his home and began shooting at passersby.
“He is kind of a gun fanatic,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said. “He came out in the street and, according to people, he started shooting randomly at people.”
Police say the man’s motive was unclear but that he had been on a heavy cocaine binge that morning, causing his wife and two children to flee the home.
First the man fred at a passing car, hitting the 65-year-old driver and the face and causing her to crash. When a neighbor, 77-year-old Francis William Varney, came out of his home to see what had happened, police say the gunman shot him dead, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.
He then shot a 59-year-old woman who was walking by. Corina said the shooter did not appear to know the two female victims.
When officers arrived at the scene, the shooter opened fire, keeping them pinned behind cars parked nearby. Officers evacuated the area and shut down three polling stations in the neighborhood.
The officers returned fire. A few hours later, the gunman was found shot dead in a doorway of a nearby home. Investigators believe the fatal shot was self inflicted.
Cops say the gunman had been armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and a shotgun and was carrying 1,000 rounds of ammunition.