This evening around 7:30 pm Anaheim Police Department officers responded to several 911 calls of a shooting at the Crystal Inn, at 2123 W. Lincoln Ave. Units arrived and found a 49 year old male suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the chest. Police Officers and Paramedics performed life-saving measures and transported the victim to UCIMC where he was pronounced deceased.
Homicide detectives are on scene and an investigation is underway. Preliminary information indicates the suspect arrived at the motel in a vehicle a few moments before the shooting with a female as a passenger. A verbal confrontation occurred between the suspect and residents at the motel. The victim stepped in and told the suspect to leave, at which time the suspect shot the victim.
There is no known relationship or prior contact between the suspect and the victim. The suspect and the female then fled in the vehicle. There are unconfirmed reports the male forced the female to leave with him so the possibility of a kidnapping has not been ruled out. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 20-30 years old, bald, average build, and a “preppy” appearance. The suspect vehicle is described as an orange or gold Nissan Cube or similar vehicle with a “boxy” body style.
The victim’s name is not being released at this time pending confirmation of his identity and notification of next of kin.