LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A man was shot and killed in a Sherman Oaks neighborhood Thursday morning, and a second man has been taken into custody.
The shooting occurred just after 5:00 a.m. in the 12900 block of Hesby Street, according to Los Angeles police.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s disturbing,” Marc Chasman, a neighbor, said.
Police arrived on scene and found a man shot to death inside a car that had crashed into a tree. The victim was not immediately identified.
According to police, the man in the gray sedan was seen on security video driving slowly through the neighborhood in the early morning hours when the son of a homeowner, who was armed and out walking around, approached the driver. Police said some sort of confrontation ensued and the homeowner’s son shot the man in the car who then crashed into a tree.
Police said the homeowner’s son approached the crashed vehicle and shot the man a second time.
“We were up and we were looking out the windows, we really didn’t see anything,” Amanda Karnes, a neighbor, said. “We just heard the shots and realized something very close, something dangerous had happened.”
Police had initially told CBSLA that the shooter was a resident of the neighborhood who had confronted the victim because he believed he might be a burglar, however a clear motive has not yet been released.
The suspect in the shooting, 39-year-old Ethan Wall, was detained at the scene and was later arrested on suspicion of murder.
“Definitely a crazy situation,” Zack Rosenblatt, a neighbor, said.
LAPD detectives are canvassing the area for possible surveillance footage that could help in the investigation.