Gurpreet Singh, 44
Gurpreet Singh, a 44-year-old man, was shot and killed Tuesday, May 7, in the 8500 block of Paramount Boulevard in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 10:15 p.m., officers from the Downey Police Department responded to a call of a gunshot victim at ASL Liquor and Market, according to a news release from the department.
Singh, the co-owner of the store, was found with gunshot wounds behind the counter.
Police said they believe he was the victim of an attempted robbery, but are not ruling out other possible motives.
Two days after the killing, police released footage from the store’s surveillance camera in hopes of identifying a suspect.
Several tips from the public led police to Maywood on May 10, where they saw a man believed to be the shooter get into a car outside a residence.
Officers tried to stop the vehicle about 2:30 p.m., but a pursuit ensued.
During the pursuit, video showed a person in a black T-shirt leaning halfway out of the front passenger’s window of a black Prius and firing a large-caliber revolver, authorities said.
Two Downey police vehicles were struck by the gunfire. The pursuit ended on Bandini Boulevard and Downey Road in the city of Vernon, where traffic trapped the car.
The passenger fired again and a car behind the Prius managed to back away. Police who pulled up in the next lane riddled the Prius with gunfire, shattering windows.
The female driver, who appeared to have blood on her, got out of the car with her arms raised and was detained, authorities said. The man didn’t get out, however.
A standoff of more than one hour ensued, as SWAT teams in armored vehicles responded and fired two flash-bang grenades into the vehicle.
When the man in the vehicle still didn’t get out, a police dog was sent in. Only then did SWAT members drag the motionless man from the car.
The suspect, identified as Dylan Andres Lindsey, a 24-year-old Latino, was struck by at least two gunshot wounds, one of which is believed to be self-inflicted. He was hospitalized.
At the time, police said they believed he was the gunman who killed Singh.
On May 12, a funeral was held for Singh in which he was described as a “family man and a patriot,” according to KTLA-TV Channel 5.
Singh had served as an U.S. Navy Reserve officer and left behind a wife and two sons.
Four days after the funeral, Lindsey was pronounced dead. His death was ruled a suicide.
Authorities said the driver of the car, Alison Hart, a 37-year-old white woman, was booked on suspicion of multiple charges at the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station.
Hart was charged May 14 with a felony count of evading a peace officer and one count of accessory after the fact, according to online court records.
Hart is due back in court June 4.
County authorities are investigating the case and reviewing the deputy-involved shooting; Downey police are investigating the slaying earlier at the liquor store.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.