Northern California Police ID Shooting Suspect from Montana

Northern California investigators have identified the gunman who killed a 93-year-old woman during a shooting rampage as a Montana resident with no known ties to the region or victims.

Posted: Jan 16, 2019 11:31 AM
Updated: Jan 18, 2019 10:05 AM

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Northern California investigators have identified the gunman who killed a 93-year-old woman during a shooting rampage as a Montana resident with no known ties to the region or victims.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office on Thursday identified him as 48-year old Stanley Stepanski III, of Florence, Montana.

The department says Stepanski has no known connection to any of the victims or the area. Spokesmen could not immediately say why or how long he had been in the area or provide a motive.

Deputies killed Stepanski Tuesday after he shot and killed 93-year-old Mary Toste as she stood in her doorway. He also wounded another man and a police dog.

Authorities say Stepanski randomly shot from inside a pickup truck about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Sacramento.

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Authorities in Northern California have identified a woman killed by a suspect who officials say was targeting people at random during a shooting rampage near Sacramento before dying in a shootout with deputies.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office says 93-year-old Mary Toste, of Penryn, was standing at her door when she was shot Tuesday night.

Placer County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Andrew Scott said Wednesday the incident began when deputies responded to calls involving a man who was recklessly driving a pickup truck in a Newcastle parking lot and shooting randomly at people. Witnesses said they heard about 14 gunshots.

Scott says a man was in a car in Loomis when he was struck by a bullet and drove himself to a fire station to seek help.

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Officials in Northern California say a man was shot and killed by officers on a highway off-ramp after he allegedly shot two people in different locations, killing one.

KCRA-TV reports Placer County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to calls Tuesday night of a man brandishing a gun and firing shots. The office says the suspect shot at least two people between Newcastle and Loomis.

Deputies caught up with the alleged suspect who was driving in the area of westbound Interstate 80 near Highway 65 in Roseville where he crashed into another driver.

Sheriff's officials say that as deputies moved in to make the arrest, there was a "gun battle" and both the suspect and a police dog were wounded.

The unidentified suspect later died from his injuries.

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