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Police probe possible link between shooting, crash

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Police were trying to determine Wednesday whether there was a connection between a Christmas Day shooting that left a veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employee dead and another man wounded, 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 Damion Taylor, 24, was wounded and remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Taylor was shot once and has been identified as a gang member, Pasadena Police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.

There didn't appear to be any link between him and McClinton, and 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, officers tried to stop an SUV for a traffic violation as it headed away from an area near the murder scene, but the vehicle sped away, authorities said. Police pursued the SUV for about a mile before it smashed into a van, killing a 26-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy in the other vehicle. Three others in the van were injured and taken to hospitals.

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

Two men and two women in the SUV were arrested and booked for investigation of vehicular manslaughter, police said. All four suffered moderate injuries.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department mourned the loss of McClinton, who had been with the agency for 18 years, spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

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

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