Police are still investigating if there is a connection between a Christmas Day shooting that left a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employee dead and a crash hours later that killed a woman and a boy.
Victor McClinton, 49, a sheriff's law enforcement technician, was fatally shot early Tuesday. Another man in his 20s was wounded and is in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
About eight hours later, police say they tried to stop an SUV for a traffic violation as it headed away from an area near the shooting. A federal agent and police officer who were doing anti-gang work in the area pursued the speeding SUV for about a mile before the vehicle smashed into a van, killing a 26-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy in the other vehicle. Three others in the van were injured and taken to hospitals.
Earlier Wednesday, police said the SUV involved in the crash was suspected to have been connected to the murder.
In a press released issued Wednesday afternoon, police said a loaded gun was thrown from the speeding SUV during the puruit. It was later recovered.
Van passengers Tracey Ong Tan, 26, of Glendale, and an 11-year-old boy from Daly City were killed in the crash on Marengo Avenue next to the Foothill (210) Freeway. The boy's name was not publicly released.
"It's tragic," said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez. "We have an innocent family that was going about their business on a special day and a special time of the year."
The slain sheriff's staffer, Victor McClinton, was an 18-year employee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, where he worked as a law enforcement technician. NBCLA reports that he was assigned to court services administration and started working for the sheriff's department in January 1994. He was also a volunteer of the Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports League and coached football.
“He was what is known as a law enforcement technician," said L.A. County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore. "They’re kind of the backbone of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. He worked out of court services, and he did everything from menial tasks to maximum tasks. There wasn’t anything too small nor responsibility too great for him to take on. So it is a tragedy, and he will be missed.”
Police now say they don't believe McClinton was the target of the shooting. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Two men and two women in the SUV were arrested and booked for investigation of vehicular manslaughter, police said. Officers previously said they were being held on suspicion of murder.