SANTA FE SPRINGS, California – A Downey motel shooting left 2 people killed on Saturday morning by a suspect that officials later arrested in Santa Fe Springs following an hour-long standoff.
A Los Angeles SWAT team helped in taking the 29-year-old Raymond Joseph Penland into custody from a Santa Fe Springs warehouse after he allegedly killed two people outside Rick’s Motel in Downey.
The Downey Police Department and Whittier Police Department had set up a command post at the warehouse where Penland used to work. There were no injuries reported during the arrest shortly before 9 p.m.
The shooting happened at around 11:30 a.m., according to authorities. When police arrived at the motel, officers discovered one male victim in the front of the motel and another male victim in the rear parking lot.
Police said that Penland Police said that Penland was involved in a dispute with both victims prior to the shooting.
Authorities were also searching for two women considered “persons of interest” in the case. Penland’s girlfriend Catarina Frances Barajas, 25, turned herself into authorities while Vanessa Teresa Cardenas, 32, is still wanted.
If you have any additional information about the incident, you are asked to contact Detective Richard Garcia at 562-904-2330