Man shoots five people before firing at police helicopter

SAN FERNANDO, CA – Over the weekend, local law enforcement arrested a 61-year-old man who allegedly shot five people at a residence and fired gunshots at a police helicopter during a subsequent standoff in San Fernando, California. The suspect has been identified as Martin Rodriguez, who is now held in custody.

The San Fernando Police Department received reports of multiple shooting victims from the 900 block of Orange Grove Avenue on Saturday night. Upon arrival, the officers found the suspect, Rodriguez, barricaded inside his home. 

After an intense standoff, during which Rodriguez allegedly fired shots at a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter, he was taken into custody with the help of officers and deputies from various departments including Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and Los Angeles police departments.

During the preliminary investigation, the police discovered four gunshot victims in a residence, in addition to a fifth victim who managed to transport himself to the hospital. Rodriguez has been booked on various charges including seven counts of attempted murder, one charge of criminal threats, one charge of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and one charge of shooting at an aircraft. He is currently being held on a $9.8 million bail.

Further details regarding the condition of the shooting victims are as of yet unconfirmed, and the authorities have not publically disclosed the motive behind the vicious attack.