1 dead, 1 arrested in apparently random shootings in Banning

Sep 27, 2015 3:00 PM by News Staff

BANNING, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man suspected of going on a violent spree in the Southern California city of Banning, killing at least one person and injuring several others.

Banning Police Chief Alex Diaz says the attack, which occurred within a span of an hour on Saturday, appears to be random and that investigators are trying to determine a motive.

He said the man, who has not been identified, is believed to be connected to a shooting that killed a driver and injured a passenger, another car-to-car shooting that caused a minor injury, as well as an assault at a gas station and an attempted carjacking.

Late Saturday night, Diaz told the Los Angeles Times and KABC TV that the gunned-down driver was Paul Lesh. His age was not available, the Times reported. The name of other victims have not been released.

Diaz says detectives were trying to determine if a body found in a pickup truck that crashed into a wall is linked to the crime spree. Diaz tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise the male victim suffered gunshot wounds.

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