Chatsworth: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire detectives have made an arrest in connection with the shooting at a bar located in Chatsworth.
On May 16, 2021 around 12:30 a.m., a shooting occurred in the parking lot of a strip mall near the 20900 block of Lassen Street. The suspect was involved in a physical altercation with security guards and another individual. The suspect then retrieved a handgun and fired numerous times in the direction of an operating business, resulting in three persons being struck by gunfire. The suspect fled to a waiting vehicle driven by a second suspect and both fled the scene in the vehicle.
Devonshire Area detectives identified Richard Arturo Gandara III, 38-years-old, of San Fernando as a suspect in the shooting and attempted murder of the three victims. The second suspect remains at-large.
On July 8, 2021, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Gandara charging him with three counts of 187(a)PC- Attempt Murder, one count of Negligent Discharge of a Firearm into an Inhabited Building, three counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with a Semi-Automatic Firearm, one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and one count of Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person.
On July 12, 2021, Devonshire Area detectives and investigators from LAPD’s Gang and Narcotics Division arrested Gandara in San Fernando, California.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Scott Scheff, Devonshire Division, at (818) 832-0609. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.