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Suspect arrested in killing of man and woman in Winnetka

Brian Anthony Gonzales

Brian Anthony Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of killing a 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man. 

(Los Angeles Police Department)

A man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and another man this weekend in the San Fernando Valley was arrested Tuesday by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to authorities.

Brian Anthony Gonzales, a.k.a. Brian Hammond, 24, was arrested aboard a bus in Southern California, LAPD officials said.

Authorities have not released the name of the 22-year-old female victim but have identified the dead man as Jerrad Cardae Scott, 24, of La Mesa.

Officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in Winnetka at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a residence in the 7600 block of Oso Avenue, said Officer Aareon Jefferson, an LAPD spokesman.

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Officials said the female victim told police her ex-boyfriend was there with a gun.

Inside, officers discovered the two victims with gunshot wounds. Both were declared dead at the scene, Jefferson said.

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who learned of the arrest while sitting in the weekly Police Commission meeting, described the double killing as “jealousy gone way wrong.”

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“That’s a very, very sad case,” the chief said.

In all, Beck said, six people were killed over the three-day weekend in Los Angeles. Detectives believe two of those killings were gang-related, the chief said, and another was linked to drugs.

“We had a difficult weekend,” he said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Staff writer Hailey Branson-Potts contributed to this report.

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