Gunman in La Crescenta Wireless Store Standoff ID'd

A man went into a store pharmacy, demanded a prescription and showed a gun before a standoff that ended with his suicide

By Jason Kandel
|  Sunday, Dec 1, 2013  |  Updated 11:24 AM PDT
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Outrageous Black Friday Behavior

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Armed with a rifle, a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stands guard outside a La Crescenta Ralphs on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Next to the grocery store, a man with a gun barricaded himself inside a Verizon Wireless.

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Apparent Suicide Ends In-Store Standoff

After nearly six hours, a tactical team entered a Connect Wireless store Friday night to find an alleged robber "deceased apparently by his own hand," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Crescenta Valley Station said. Kate Larsen reports from La Crescenta for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2013.

Man With Gun Barricades Self Inside Store

A La Crescenta shopping center was locked down on Black Friday after a man with a gun barricaded himself inside a wireless store, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department. Kate Larsen reports from La Crescenta for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2013.
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Coroner's officials on Sunday identified a man who killed himself after a five-hour standoff at a Crescenta Valley strip mall as Shawn David Weissenborn, 33, of Santa Clarita.

The drama began during the Black Friday shopping frenzy about 4 p.m. when an armed man barricaded himself inside a Connect Wireless store.

He had earlier held up a Rite Aid pharmacist at gunpoint and demanded a prescription, authorities said.

The incident prompted the shutdown of surrounding streets and the evacuation of businesses.

Shoppers were seen running from a Rite Aid and Ralphs. A SWAT team was called in with an armored vehicle.

Initial reports that he had taken two hostages proved to be incorrect.

Police discovered that he had killed himself when they went into the store at 9:40 p.m., said Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

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