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Police probe possible link in shooting, crash

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Police were trying to determine Wednesday whether there was a connection between a Christmas Day shooting that left a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employee dead and a crash hours later that killed a woman and a boy.

Victor McClinton, 49, a sheriff's law enforcement technician, was fatally shot early Tuesday and another man in his 20s was wounded and listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital. McClinton had been with the Sheriff's Department for the past 18 years, agency spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

“Everybody says he was an extraordinary employee,” he said.

Police don't believe McClinton was the target of the shooting, which left a red sedan riddled with bullet holes. No arrests have been made.

More than eight hours later police say they tried to stop an SUV for a traffic violation as it headed away from an area near the murder scene when the vehicle sped away. Police gave pursuit and the SUV smashed into a van, killing a 26-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy in the other vehicle.

“It's tragic,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez. “We have an innocent family that was going about their business on a special day and a special time of the year.”

Three women and a man in the SUV were arrested and booked for investigation of murder, police said. All four were not seriously injured.

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