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3 hospitalized in Valinda shooting

September 29, 2009 |  9:03 am

A Chino man shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend’s father and brother in Valinda before shooting and injuring himself. Authorities said a fight over custody of a 3-month-old baby sparked the shootings.

Bryan Ornelas, 21, shot the two men, ages 16 and 58, at about 6:45 p.m. Monday in the 16200 block of Benwick Street after “a dispute … regarding child custody,” said Sgt. Dwight Miley of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's station in Industry.

Ornelas had been arguing with his ex-girlfriend when the two men tried to intervene, and Ornelas shot each man in the arm once with a handgun, Miley said. The sergeant said Ornelas and the woman were the parents of the infant at the center of the dispute.  A Sheriff's Department helicopter hovered overhead as Ornelas fled the home in a vehicle with patrol cars in pursuit.

Ornelas led deputies to another home in the 1600 block of Mullender Avenue, where he ran inside and shot himself with a rifle, authorities said. Ornelas had been at that home earlier in the day and was known to the residents there, Miley said.

Ornelas remained in the hospital today; his ex-girlfriend's brother and father were expected to recover from their injuries.

Valinda is in unincorporated Los Angeles County, bordered by La Puente, the city of Industry and West Covina.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz