LA Shooting Suspect Now in Custody
July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM
(CNSNews.com) - Buford O Furrow, 37, the suspect in the shooting at a Grenada Hills, California Jewish community center that injured five people Tuesday has turned himself in to the FBI after reportedly taking a taxi cab from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
A FBI spokesperson in Washington, DC confirmed to CNSNews.com that Furrow surrendered at their office in Nevada early this morning.
According to Grant Ashley, FBI spokesman in Las Vegas, investigators believe Furrow took a cab from Los Angeles to Las Vegas where he walked into its office and said, "You're looking for me. I killed the kids in Los Angeles."
Ashley said no immediate decision has been made on when Furrow will be returned to Los Angeles as it is an on-going investigation. He added that Furrow is "cooperating with FBI agents in Las Vegas."
Furrow is also a suspect in Tuesday's shooting of a postal worker who was shot and killed near the community center.
Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, said federal prosecutors would file charges against Furrow today in the slaying of Joseph Ileto, 39, a letter carrier who was killed Tuesday.
"It now appears that is related," Mrozek said. Postal Service officials said Ileto had just delivered mail to a home and was returning to his truck when he was shot several times. He was found dead in a driveway. There was no indication of a theft, according to police.
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum said during a press conference that his office had already filed a warrant charging Furrow with five counts of attempted murder, a procedure that allows authorities in Las Vegas to hold him for extradition to Los Angeles. Hum added the district attorney plans to begin extradition proceedings after an arraignment.
Yesterday, the alleged gunman was able to avoid police who arrived at the center within four minutes of the shootings. He then allegedly carjacked a Toyota Corolla at gunpoint about 20 minutes later. Police later discovered an abandoned van full of ammunition, survival paraphernalia, and a book published by the American Nazi Party.
Police later announced they were looking for Buford O'neal Furrow, 37, of Washington state as a suspect in both the shootings and the carjacking.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which maintains a database of white supremacists, has released information that alleges Furrow belonged to Aryan Nations in 1995.
LAPD said Furrow was on parole when he committed the crime and had recently attempted to commit himself to a mental institution.
Among those wounded are a 5-year-old boy who was hit in the abdomen and leg. He is still listed in critical but stable condition today after undergoing six hours of surgery and was given a fair chance of recovery.
Also hurt were center receptionist Isabelle Shalometh, 68, two 6-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl who was a counselor at the center's summer camp. The boys and the counselor were in stable condition today and Shalometh, grazed on the arm and back by a bullet as she dove for cover, was released from the hospital Tuesday night.