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Friday, Oct 25 2013 09:04 PM

Ridgecrest suspect was heroin dealer--report

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    By AP Photo/Ridgecrest Police

    Sergio Munoz

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    By AP Photo/Justin Pritchard

    Passersby peer into a house Friday Oct. 25, 2013, where gunman Sergio Munoz shot two people, a man and a woman, killing the woman, before leading police on a chase through the Mojave Desert, before being shot and killed by police near Ridgecrest, Calif.

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    By AP Photo/Justin Pritchard

    A view Friday Oct. 25, 2013, of the front door and two bibles, at a house where gunman Sergio Munoz shot two people, a man and a woman, killing the woman, then leading police on a chase with two hostages, through the Mojave Desert, before being shot and killed by police near Ridgecrest, Calif.

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    By AP Photo/Justin Pritchard

    A view of the bloodied front door at a house where gunman Sergio Munoz shot two people, Friday Oct. 25, 2013, a man and a woman, killing the woman, before leading police on a chase with two hostages, through the Mojave Desert, before being shot and killed by police near Ridgecrest, Calif.

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BY JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press

RIDGECREST -- A sister of a survivor in Friday's Ridgecrest rampage says the gunman was a heroin dealer who wanted to eliminate snitches.

Dawn Meier told The Associated Press on Friday that 39-year-old Sergio Munoz was friends with her brother, but shot him and his girlfriend when the brother refused to go along with the plot.

The girlfriend was killed in the early morning shooting. Dawn Meier says her brother, Thaddeus Meier, is recovering at a hospital.

Munoz later took a man and woman hostage and led police on a lengthy car chase with the pair in his trunk.

Authorities say Munoz was killed when he stopped on the side of the road and began firing his gun into the trunk.

Police say the hostages are in critical condition.

For the complete Californian report on the shooting and fatal chase down Highway 395, go to http://tinyurl.com/k2875fb

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