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Woman injured in Mission Viejo shooting, suspect arrested after climbing a nearby hill

A woman was hospitalized and a man was arrested after a short crime spree that included a shooting in Mission Viejo on Sunday night, authorities said.

The suspect was also believed to be involved in two other crimes, a domestic violence incident and reckless driving, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Todd Hylton said.

Deputies first received a call about a domestic violence incident in San Clemente about 7:30 p.m., with a tip that the suspect lived in a neighboring city, Hylton said. Further details about that call were not immediately available.

About 7:40 p.m., deputies received a call of a reckless driver in Mission Viejo, with the vehicle description matching the one given to deputies in San Clemente, Hylton said.

While searching for the vehicle, another call came in of a shooting behind a business near the area of Marguerite Parkway and La Paz Road, Hylton said, adding that the description again matched the suspect vehicle.

Deputies arrived and found a woman with a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the area of Marguerite and La Paz, he said.

They later found the suspect vehicle, but the suspect had fled on foot.

“He was taken into custody a short time later” not far from the suspect vehicle, Hylton said.

News video from OC HAWK appeared to show a man wearing a grey shirt and black shorts climbing up a hillside. At one point, the man takes his shirt off before he is taken into custody by deputies at the top of a hill.

Video also showed investigators searching an area near MasterCare Car Service in the 27200 block of La Paz Road.

It wasn’t immediately known if the weapon used in the shooting was found. Further information about the suspect, including his identity, was not immediately available.

The relationship, if any, between the suspect and the woman who was shot was not immediately clear.

Source: Orange County Register

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