Two men were found shot in an overturned car in Westminster.
The shootings took place near the intersection of Ash and Springdale Streets at 5 a.m. Police received reports of gunshots at around 5:10 a.m. Officials also received reports of a traffic accident in the same area. When police arrived to the scene, they found an overturned Audi coup. The driver and passenger were still in vehicle. They were both bleeding from gunshot wounds.
The two victims have not been identified. Both men were hospitalized. One victim sustained serious injuries and was in serious condition. The other victim is stable. These victims were driving home from a taco stand. The driver lost control when another driver opened fire on the Audi. Police believed that after the shooting the Audi hit a parked car and the overturned.
Police have arrested a suspect. The suspect, Ryan Paul McAlister, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Police had uncovered evidence that led them to believe that McAlister was responsible for the shooting. McAlister was arrested after Police searched his home and vehicle. A handgun was found during the search. McAlister was booked in Orange County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder. He is currently being held on $1 million bail.
Detectives do not believe that the shooting was gang-related. It does appear that McAlister had a relationship with the victims. The motive of the shooting was not immediately known. Police believe that the shooting was an isolated incident and not a random act of violence.
The intersection of Ash and Springdale streets were closed for hours after. Westminster police are asking for any witnesses or information regarding the shooting.
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