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Sylmar man arrested for animal cruelty may have been San Fernando Valley shooter

Hernandez is now a "person of interest" in the killings of three people and injuring 4 others on Sunday. An eyewitness alleges he saw Hernandez shoot and kill his two dogs on Saturday.
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Alexander Hernandez, 34, of Sylmar was arrested Monday and charged with animal cruelty in the shooting of two dogs on Saturday, however is being questioned as a "person of interest" in the random killings of three people and injuring four others on Sunday in the San Fernando Valley reported kabcnews.

Hernandez is currently being held on $1 million bail; no other suspects are being sought.

The man who owned the two dogs who were shot told authorities he recognized the man who killed his dogs, and the man had been driving a gold SUV with tinted windows. The man's description and the vehicle matched what other eyewitnesses had seen. SWAT teams were able to track Hernandez to his residence and arrested him.

On Sunday morning, about 5:30 a.m., a family of five had been driving to church when someone with a shotgun killed a 23-year-old woman and injured four others in the vehicle. The second shooting, just 45 minutes later, was of a 45-year-old man who had been walking in a parking lot collecting bottles. That man died. A third victim, a 50-year-old woman, was shot and killed while she sat in her car.

There has been no motive established for the shootings, however authorities have recovered the shotgun used in the killings of the dogs and the people.

According to, detectives have been working on this case around the clock according to police Commander Andrew Smith.

"Our detectives have been working literally around the clock to put the case together on these three homicides," Smith said. "What the detectives are going to do now is go back and look at any crimes that are similar in nature."

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