BURBANK (CNS) — A Sylmar man and a woman remain behind bars in connection with a car-to-car shooting that wounded a 30-year-old man on a Golden State (5) Freeway overpass.
Plainclothes investigators located the suspects’ vehicle, a black
Mercedes-Benz SUV, at a home in the 13300 block of Beaver Street in Sylmar on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Burbank police Sgt. Claudio Losacco said.
A SWAT team backed up by a police helicopter crew, two K-9 teams and crisis negotiators surrounded the home and made contact with the 24-year-old suspect, Joseph Lupercio, who did not comply with orders to give himself up, Losacco said.
About 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Lupercio tried to flee from the rear of the residence and was taken into custody without incident, the sergeant said. Also arrested was Los Angeles resident Sarah Sullivan, 26, who is believed to have been driving the Mercedes SUV at the time of the shooting, which occurred about 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 8, he said.
The victim, whose name was withheld, who shot in the upper body and taken to County-USC Medical Center, Losacco said. He was expected to survive, according to police.
The alleged gunman and the victim got into some sort of fight prior to the shooting, according to Losacco. Both jumped into their vehicles, and the shooting occurred as they were traveling westbound on the overpass near the Burbank Boulevard offramp to the 5 Freeway, he said.
“The involved parties are known to each other, which helped
investigators make arrests within 13 hours of the shooting,” Losacco said.
“The victim was targeted and while the involved parties have criminal histories that involved gang crime, the motivation in this incident appears to be personal in nature and not gang-related.”
Lupercio was booked into the Burbank City Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, with bail set at $2 million. Sullivan was booked on suspicion of being an accessory to attempted murder, he said. According to L.A. County jail records Sullivan’s bail was at least $100,000.
Lupercio was previously arrested last May by LAPD detectives for an unspecified felony and was sentenced to 365 days in jail, according to jail records. He was also arrested in May of 2014 on a misdemeanor charge by Burbank police and was sentenced to 15 days in jail, according to jail records.
Sullivan has had at least two previous brushes with the law.
In March of last year she was arrested by the LAPD for an unspecified felony, according to jail records. And in February of 2014, she was jailed byGlendale police, again for an unspecified felony. Information on how those cases were resolved was not immediately available.