A most unusual event took place on Sunday in Covina, California. According to the Covina Police Department records, a 20-year-old armed individual, later identified as Sean Vasquez, began to open fire on the passing vehicles at around 10 am. Reportedly, the individual was using his smartphone in order to broadcast his entire performance on Facebook Live. No one was injured during the Covina shooting, and Vasquez later surrendered to a SWAT team.
Lieutenant Thomas Reid of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declared during a press conference that the situation became truly life-threatening after the individual grew tired of using civilian cars for target practice and decide to start shooting at police vehicles.
Shortly after Sean Vasquez, the 20-year-old Covina shooter started to open fire on the nearby vehicles, the law enforcement authorities were dispatched to contain the situation. Moreover, according to Thomas Reid, when the man saw the police car approaching, he began shooting towards them.
Fortunately, the officers managed to steer clear of the man, get out of the vehicle, and to seek refuge. However, this was not the end of Vasquez’s rampage. The Covina authorities reported that after a brief exchange of fire between the officers responding to the distress call and Vasquez, the individual managed to flee the scene and to seek refuge inside an apartment and to barricade himself.
At this time, the SWAT team was called in to help the officers apprehend the gun-toting madman. The individual remained inside the apartment for several hours. Meanwhile, the SWAT team and the rest of the police officers surrounded the building and evacuated the civilians.
What’s even more baffling about this case is that Vasquez appeared to use his phone in order to record his experience, a fact confirmed by the Covina Police. After reviewing the evidence, the authorities determined that the entire performance was broadcasted on Facebook Live. The hour-long video depicts Vasquez shooting at other cars, exchanging fire with the police, ducking to avoid getting hit by bullets, running and reloading his weapon several times.
Fortunately, around 1 pm, Vasquez decided to turn himself in. As a result, he dropped his weapon and surrendered to the SWAT team. According to the authorities, no one was injured during the shooting. For his deeds, Sean Vasquez was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
However, this is an ongoing investigation, which means that more facts are bound to emerge.
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