GLENDALE -- Four men have been arrested on suspicion of exchanging
gunfire with another driver during a car chase, then shooting him at a
An argument apparently broke out between the driver of a red compact
car and passengers in a white SUV at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Glendale
Police Sgt. Kirk Palmer said.
“A chase began,” he said. “We’re still trying to determine who the
initial aggressor was.”
Shots were fired in the area of Glenoaks Boulevard and Sonora Avenue,
and witnesses reported seeing the cars chasing each other east on
A second series of shots was fired at a Shell station at 625 N.
Pacific Ave. at 4:52 p.m. The driver of the red car was shot once in the
upper left torso, Palmer said.
Sarkis Assadourian, 24, of Granada Hills was taken to County-USC
Medical Center, where he was in critical condition Friday.
Officers stopped the other car near the shooting.
Four men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder: Tigran
Alexsanian, 27, whose address is not known; Armen Babalarian, 30, of
Glendale; Sarkis Isahakyan, 29, of Glendale; and Eduard Petrosyan, 25, of
“We believe both vehicles exchanged gunfire,” Palmer said. “At least
four shots were fired.”
No other injuries were reported, but businesses around the areas where
shots were fired might have been damaged.
“We believe that we have everybody in custody but obviously they’re
continuing to work on the case,” Palmer said.
No charges have been filed against Assadourian.
The suspects are being held on $500,000 bail in Glendale City Jail and
are set to be arraigned on Monday.
Anyone with information about the incident are asked to call the
department’s robbery/homicide unit at 548-3987.