A man was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in a parking lot at Santa Ana College, California, early Monday morning, Sept. 16. His vehicle ended up jumping a curb and crashing in the college’s parking lot.
Police received a call around 1 a.m. reporting shots fired in the 1500 block of North Bristol Street, Santa Ana Police Department Sgt. Jorge Lopez said.
When the officers arrived at the scene, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds and face down by the Santa Ana College’s parking lot.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, the Police Department said. His name has been withheld pending notification of his family, CBSLA revealed.
The gunman fled the scene in an unknown direction following the shooting.
He had apparently been driving on Bristol Street when a passenger in another vehicle opened fire on him, Lopez said.
After he was struck by the gunfire and lost control of his vehicle, his vehicle went over a curb, and landed on some bushes and stopped by the college’s parking lot, investigators said.
Authorities did not have many details about the shooting and crash, they are now trying to pinpoint exactly what happened first—the crash or the shooting.
“Was there a shooting that led to an accident, an accident that led to a shooting? How many people were involved? Those are all things we’re looking into at this point,” Santa Ana police spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Five people of interest have been detained in this case—three in Carson and two in Long Beach, according to the news release.
Investigators are looking for surveillance video from nearby McDonald’s restaurant and from the Santa Ana College campus that may show the shooting, according to KTLA.
Monday, Sept. 16: Due to police activity, the Santa Ana College Campus located at 1530 W. 17th Street is closed. Students and staff are advised to NOT come to campus and no classes will be held today until further notice. Stay tuned to text, social media and e-mail for updates.
— Santa Ana College (@SantaAnaCollege) September 16, 2019
Santa Ana College canceled classes that morning as a result of the shooting.