Drug motive suspected in Paso Robles shooting
December 2, 2016
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives suspect a drug-related motive in the rural Paso Robles gun battle that left three people wounded Wednesday night. As of Thursday afternoon, the reported victim in the shooting remains in the intensive care unit at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.
Authorities have placed two suspects, both of whom are from Virginia, under arrest for attempted murder. Both of the suspects were wounded in the shooting. One of the suspects has been cleared from the hospital and booked into jail, while the other has been transferred from intensive care to a less critical unit.
Around 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to reports of gunshots in the 4100 block of Whispering Oak Way. When they arrived, they found the reported victim, who was then transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Authorities have not released the identity of the victim.
Sheriff’s officials have identified the shooting suspects as 23-year-old Virginia residents Jaquan Jabriel Burns and Karheem Graham-Lutchman. It is believed Burns and Lutchman transported themselves to the hospital.
Detectives believe Burns and Graham-Lutchman showed up uninvited Wednesday night at a gathering at a house on Whispering Oak Way. When the victim opened the door, a fight ensued and then there was an exchange of gunfire, a sheriff’s office press release states.
At the hospital, Graham-Lutchman falsely identified himself as Fred Allen Cooper III, according to the sheriff’s office. Detectives later determined his real identity. Deputies arrested Graham-Lutchman and booked him in jail in absentia on an attempted murder charge.
Deputies booked Burns into the San Luis Obispo County Jail after he was treated for a bullet wound to his leg. Burns remains in custody on charges of attempted murder and having outstanding warrants. His bail is set at $500,000.
Detectives do not believe the shooting was gang related. Investigators believe it was an isolated incident. An investigation is ongoing.