High-speed pursuit ends in barrage of bullets in Vernon area

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A high-speed pursuit that began in the Commerce area ended in a barrage of bullets near Bandini Boulevard and Downey Road in the Vernon area Friday afternoon.

Law enforcement officials were in pursuit of a possible murder suspect. The passenger of the vehicle at times was seen firing back at police outside the car window during the chase. That passenger is believed to be the murder suspect.

The driver of the vehicle eventually brought the car to a stop, exited the vehicle, and surrendered to authorities. Aerial video from SkyFox showed the driver covered with blood but it's unknown if the driver was hit when the exchange of gunfire occurred.

The passenger stayed back inside the vehicle after the shootout with police turning the situation into a standoff. It's unclear what injuries the passenger suffered in the shooting.

The immediate area is closed off for an unknown duration and the public is urged to avoid the area of Bandini Boulevard and Downey Road.

There are unconfirmed reports that the passenger is a murder suspect possibly involved in the ASL Liquor Market killing of 44-year-old Gurpreet Singh in Downey on May 7. Authorities have not yet confirmed this information.

No further details were immediately known.