California man charged with trying to kill wife in bus

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A Los Angeles-area man is in custody after a man allegedly tried to fatally shoot his wife while driving a school bus.

The suspect, Samuel Roberts, 53, is accused of pulling over and firing at “multiple locations” in Rialto, California, said Police Chief Randy De Anda.

He said the man’s wife is in serious condition.

A woman was also wounded by the gunfire at a 7-Eleven store, but is in stable condition, police said.

Mr De Anda said the suspect had attended a self-help seminar on local 7-Eleven property on Friday night and was asked by his girlfriend to return to the parking lot before 9am on Saturday.

“Mr Roberts drove his vehicle onto the 7-Eleven property and after several unsuccessful attempts he exited the vehicle and walked towards his wife,” the police chief said.

“At that time Mr Roberts shot at the vehicle which resulted in a bullet striking the wife of the suspect.”

Police said two of the shots came from the bus. It had just driven off the property.

As the man got away on foot, police pursued him through nearby streets. Mr Roberts stopped and had a third shot fired at him, and he was taken into custody.

He was carrying two handguns when arrested, but police did not say which ones.

Mr De Anda said the suspect “has an extensive criminal history of which domestic violence was a primary topic”.

He added that the investigation “remains fluid and fluid facts are not yet known”.

Three officers were treated at hospital for injuries sustained in the chase, but Mr De Anda said the injuries were minor.

Los Angeles has been battling a longstanding gang-related gang war. Its deadliest conflict since 1992 has been in the southeast.

Last year, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell blamed local politicians for not doing enough to help a mission to drive the gangs out of the area.

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