UPDATE: Man Suspected of Shooting Mother Found Dead by Police

A man suspected of shooting his mother was found dead in his home by police around 8:15 p.m, an apparent suicide.

Updated 8:15: 40-year-old Shaun Rangel, who was suspected of shooting his mother in the leg, was found dead in his home by police after nearly five hours of police surrounding the home.

Rangel's body was found shortly after 8 p.m. by SWAT team members who had entered the home, according to Lt. Duane Allen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  

A homicide investigation is now underway, though the likelihood is that Rangel killed himself, Allen said.

SWAT team members had used gas to fill the house and render Rangel unconcious.  They found his body at that point, Allen said.

Detectives do not know when Rangel died yet, but they never were able to establish communications with him after arriving on the scene, he added.

Updated 7:55: Los Angeles Sheriff's Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales identified the suspected shooter as Shaun Rangel, described as being in his 30s, who remained barricaded in a house near Loma Alta Park.

Gonzales also identified the injured woman as Rangel's mother, whom they allege was shot by Rangel in the leg after she asked that he move out of the house.

Rangel's mother and two other family members reportedly ran out of the house after she was shot, got into her red car and drove away as Rangel continued to fire at her. The mother drove the car a couple of blocks below the house, where it remains with what appear to be bullet holes visible (see image above), the sheriff's department said.

The mother and the family members got out of her car and sought help, the sheriff's department said. Her condition remains unknown.

Rangel then went back inside the house and locked himself in.

Negotiators were on scene and trying to talk Rangel into surrendering.

Sheriff's deputies do not believe the shooting is related to

Updated 5:30 p.m. KABC-7 reports that a man shot a woman in a home in Altadena and then barricaded himself inside with a long rifle and other weapons.

The victim was alive at the hospital, but her condition was not known. The relationship between the suspect and the woman is unclear.

Previously: A shooting occurred in Altadena before 3 p.m. in the 3200 block of North Lincoln Avenue near .

According to initial scanner reports, a long rifle was used in the shooting. There is at least one gunshot victim, according to deputies. The gender of the victim was not revealed previously, but according to scanner reports the person shot is a woman.

The shooting victim has been taken to a nearby hospital in unknown condition, according to LA County Sheriff's spokesman Mike Parker. A Crisis Negotiation Team is on scene trying to convince the suspect to surrender himself. An LASD Swat Team is also on scene.

The suspect is believed to still be at the location, barricaded in a home at the location.

Authorities describe the shooting suspect as a male Hispanic, around 5 feet 8 inches, shaved head, wearing a white tank top, hoodie and blue jean shorts. The suspect reportedly also sports skull tattoos on both legs.

Authorities are working to evacuate people near the crime scene and have reportedly blocked off east and west traffic on West Altadena Drive at Lincoln Avenue and at Palm and Dabney streets.

A family was having a birthday barbecue in Loma Alta Park, but were quickly evacuated from the area.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Altadena Station, Temple Station, including the California Highway Patrol and reportedly some Pasadena Police units are on scene coordinating the containment area and traffic control.

Editor's note: The original version of this story identified Mr. Rangel as 'Shawn Rangel' rather than 'Shaun Rangel' based on information received by the police.  The County Coroner's office has identified him as "Shaun Rangel."

Robby April 01, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Thanks for the update. I was wishing for an RPG to take out the %^*$% helicopter. Am I wrong, or is a rifle an unusual weapon for an urban shooting like this? Handguns, shotguns, sure. But a *long gun*?
Drew April 01, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I suppose if you really want to shoot somebody, you use what you have.
Cristina Roma April 02, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I was at the laundromat on Lincoln and Altadena when the family was driving the woman to the hospital. They flagged down an officer that was in the area and they treated her there. Apparently her injuries weren't too severe. Saddest part is, allegedly the shooter is her son.
Bonnie Robb April 02, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I feel sorry for the poor family trying to have a good time in the park. And, I'm really glad I'm not trying to ride my horse in that arena this afternoon. Lordy.
Robby April 02, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Which makes you think - who has a rifle? Military, LEO, hunter. Or it's a stolen weapon. Thank goodness the victim will be OK. How shocking that it's a family member. Sad. So they do have good info on who it is and where they are. Hopefully it is not a hostage situation.
Robby April 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Yeah, I hope nobody had the pavilions booked for a party or an equestrian event. It would have been a bit breezy, but otherwise a lovely spring day...until 3pm!
SteveB April 02, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I was at the park from 4-5, lots of people were still using the playground, the green sheriffs helicopter was circling the whole time. It looked like there was still some sort of birthday in one of the activity rooms. There was a police car blocking access on Loma Alta at Sunset Ridge. Saw an officer in what looked like SWAT gear, with a dog.
Lisa Hastings April 02, 2012 at 01:19 AM
According to the Pasadena Star News, there were two shootings yesterday in Altadena: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_20295744/officials-investigate-two-shootings-altadena?source=rss_viewed
Patrick Lee April 02, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Hi Lisa: Thanks for pointing that out. We've updated our story with news that authorities do not believe today's incident is related to Friday's.
Liz H. April 02, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Dan Abendschein (Editor) April 02, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Our finalized version can be read here: http://altadena.patch.com/articles/shooting-suspect-found-dead-in-home-after-allegedly-shooting-mother
Diana Palmer April 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Thank you Altadena Patch -- your report(s) had it all over the local paper (not saying much there), the LAT and even Channel 7, which had a truck there early on. The relentless sound of helicopters overhead certainly doesn't give one a sense of security!
Tag April 02, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I for one know how irritating helicopters can be, not a lot they can do about the sound. but they serve their purpose. if that guy had of gotten away, he would have been in some other persons home with his rifle, shooting them too. Despite it's drawbacks, the copter is a necessary tool to ensure the safety of citizens surrounding a crime, the pilot can direct officers to intercept wrong doers, hopefully before innocent people are hurt by them.


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