Suspect Who Shot Two Hostages Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound to the Head

A stolen vehicle pursuit that began near Carson today ended at a home in Long Beach, where two people survived being shot by a gunman who eventually shot himself in the head.

Two men were spotted in a stolen VW Passat in the Harbor Gateway section of Los Angeles today, at the corner of 223rd Street and Vermont Avenue. According to Los Angeles police Sgt. Andrew Hudlatt, one man jumped out of the vehicle and fired multiple shots before hijacking a red van. No one was hurt, including the driver of the stolen van.

The Passat driver evaded police, eventually abandoning the car. He remains at large.

The driver of the red van led police on a pursuit which ended when the van was crashed at a Long Beach home near 33rd and Magnolia, according to Nancy Pratt of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

The suspect then ran into the home, where he held several people hostage. According to Hudlatt, he shot two of the hostages and stabbed a third, before shooting himself in the head. 

The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. The status of the three hostages is not currently available.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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