By Mary O’KEEFE
A carjacking that began in south Glendale ended up with gunfire and a Good Samaritan caught in the crossfire.
Tuesday night at about 10 p.m. Glendale police officers responded to a call concerning shots fired in the 100 block of Sinclair Avenue. Officers discovered a carjacking had occurred.
“The [carjacking victim] was confronted by a man with a gun who fired two rounds at him,” said Tahnee Lightfoot, GPD spokeswoman.
The victim was not injured and the suspect, later identified as Manuel Rodriguez, 28, of Tujunga, took the victim’s vehicle and fled to the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway where he crashed the car.
A Good Samaritan stopped to see if Rodriguez was injured and the suspect fired about three rounds from his handgun at the citizen striking his vehicle.
Rodriguez then took off on foot, ran off the freeway onto Stancrest Drive and was captured in the 3700 block of Park Place, south of Verdugo Road.
The suspect was positively identified by a victim. Rodriguez, who GPD discovered is a known gang member, suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left foot as he attempted to flee the area. He was treated at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and was booked on two counts of attempted murder.