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SHOOTING LEAVES 1 DEAD VICTIM'S SON SHOT, WOUNDED IN QUARREL.

Byline: Ryan Oliver Staff Writer

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - A man who apparently believed his neighbors were demonic killed one man and critically wounded his son Monday before surrendering to a SWAT team after a three-hour standoff, police said.

Dozens of Los Angeles police officers searched for the suspect in a residential neighborhood near Oxnard Street and Tujunga Avenue after nearly 15 rounds were fired at the father and son as they stood in their driveway, officials said.

``He believed his neighbors were demonic. That's why he went on the rampage,'' said Detective Oris Pace of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division.

Patrol officers were first called to 6033 Fair Ave. at 4:19 p.m. when neighbors heard the shots and saw the two bloodied men on the ground, LAPD Lt. Horace Frank said.

Officers and paramedics were concerned that the suspect could still be within firing range, so members of the LAPD's elite Metropolitan Division were called to make a daring rescue, Frank said.

The Metro officers reached the victims and put them into ambulances while the suspect apparently crouched on the second floor of his house across the street, Frank said.

The 67-year-old father was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. His son, believed to be in his 40s, was fighting for his life in critical condition Monday night, officials said.

Names of the victims and suspect were unavailable by late Monday.

Because no one in the area saw the gunman arrive or flee from the scene, investigators were speculating the suspect may have shot his victims from inside his home, Frank said.

Officers at the scene pegged the victims' neighbor as the suspect when others in the neighborhood mentioned the long-standing dispute the man had with the pair.

Police formed a perimeter around the neighborhood and searched it with SWAT officers, dogs and helicopters.

About 10 people were evacuated from their homes as well as eight students and staff from a nearby kindergarten.

Frank said that later into the siege, officers detected movement on the second floor of the suspect's house.

SWAT officers made contact with him and were able to talk him into coming down from a second-story window to surrender.
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