A suspect who may have been involved in a no-hit, gang-related shooting in a park in Placentia Thursday surrendered after holding a hostage inside a garage in Fullerton for more than three hours, police said.
Officers were dispatched at 5 p.m. to Kraemer Memorial Park near the 200 block of Bradford Avenue in Placentia to investigate a reports of shots fired, according to Placentia police Lt. Brad Butts.
No victims were found, but witnesses said three men were seen leaving the area in a black Toyota, Butts said. The vehicle was located unoccupied in Fullerton in the area of Bradford and Yorba Linda Boulevard, Butts said.
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Someone in the area flagged down an officer and said a family member was being held inside a garage by a man who was possibly armed, Butts said.
"The suspect grabbed a man and took him hostage and used him and his garage to shield himself from police," Butts said.
A North County SWAT team was called in and surrounded the garage, and the suspect surrendered about 8:15 p.m. and was taken into custody, Butts said.
It was not immediately confirmed if the suspect was involved in the earlier shooting. However, Butts said it appeared the shooting was gang-related.
The suspect was being interviewed by detectives and will be booked overnight, Butts said.