Two Suspects Arrested in Connection With Dec. 14 Shooting At Torrance Mall

TORRANCE (CNS) – Torrance police today announced that they have taken custody, from the Los Angeles Police Department, two teenagers they believe are connected to a Dec. 14 shooting near the Del Amo Fashion Center and a carjacking immediately after the shooting, authorities said.  

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested one suspect on Jan. 4 with two additional firearms. The second suspect was arrested shortly after that by another police agency, Torrance police Sgt. Mark Ponegalek said.  

Torrance police detectives took the two suspects into custody on Thursday and they were arrested on suspicion of murder and armed robbery.  

At about 6:30 p.m., on Dec.14, officers responded to a shooting near the center, in the south parking lot of BJ’s Restaurant, 3525 W. Carson St. and located evidence of a shooting in the parking lot, Ponegalek said.  

While at the shooting scene, a  report came in of a carjacking /robbery near Dave & Buster’s’, which is at the south end of the mall, Ponegalek said.  

“Officers discovered the suspects from the shooting near BJ’s Restaurant had fled south from the shooting area and committed a carjacking /robbery of an unrelated victim to the shooting,” he said. “The victim of the carjacking /robbery was not injured.’  

The three victims from the initial shooting had been brought into a local hospital by unknown means, police said, and were being treated.  

“It should be noted the victim’s vehicle from the carjacking was recovered early on in the investigation, in the city of Long Beach,” he said.  

Torrance police detectives were able to identify the suspects through their investigation.

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