[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
51°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
January 18
1899 - Martin & Richard Wood buy J.H. Tolfree's Saugus Eating House, rename it Saugus Cafe [story]


An Arleta man and his sister are happy to be alive after another driver shot at their vehicle eight times on southbound Highway 14 in the Acton area Tuesday night.

Harry Nalbandyan believes his truck was targeted because he was flying Armenian flags on the back to commemorate Tuesday’s 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Europe, he told CBS Los Angeles television reporter Jasmine Viel outside his home Wednesday morning.

Bullets shattered the truck’s windows and one bullet grazed his neck and shoulder, as shards of glass from the shattered windows struck his sister Christina in the face, resulting in minor bleeding for both victims, Nalbandyan said.

Still at large as of noon Wednesday, the suspect was reportedly driving a silver Honda CRV, vintage 2006-2010, with tinted windows, and was described as in his 20s or 30s and having dark, curly hair.

“It is shocking that I’m alive,” Nalbandyan told Viel. “I can’t believe that I had eight shots fired at me and my sister. It was crazy. This maniac just came out of nowhere and started firing like he didn’t care about his life — just swerving in the lanes. He was just like a monster. He didn’t care about anything.”

Nalbandyan and his sister had left a birthday party for an uncle and were southbound on Highway 14 between Crown Valley Road and Sand Canyon Road when the shooting occurred.

“We were at Crown Valley, maybe five minutes from Santa Clarita. … And this guy comes and cuts me off,” Nalbandyan said. “I just change my lane just to keep on going, just to pass him, but then this guy comes up next to me, rolls down his window, and I roll down my window just to see who he is. This guy just looks into my eyes and pulls out a gun and starts shooting. Eight times. I was worried about my sister — the bullets were just flying across our face.

“I told my sister, ‘duck down,’ and she ducked down all the way,” he said. “I hit the brakes all the way and just let this guy get a lead, keep on going. And then I let other cars come by … So that’s how I got away from him. But after I hit the brakes, he was still firing. He didn’t care.”

Nalbandyan said he believed he was shot at because of the Armenian flags on his truck.

“There’s a lot of people who are hating on this, and we’re just going out and representing Armenia,” he said. “We’re never going to stop. We’re just going to keep on representing and showing people that they have to start caring, too. It’s not a joke.”

“The brother and sister went to their house and then called 911,” Officer Josh Greengard of the California Highway Patrol’s Newhall office said Wednesday about 12:10 p.m.

“We responded later, went to the scene, tried to pick up the pieces,” he said. “Our investigation team is out there right now, putting the pieces together.”

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

13 Comments

  1. Hope they catch that person that’s attempted murder

  2. Glad they are ok. Poor things. I hope they catch the shooter soon!

  3. Out of control. What the heck is wrong with people

  4. Trudy Trump Trudy Trump says:

    Glad they are ok this is totally f***k’d up…lawlessness on our roads and in communities is out of control

  5. travis levy says:

    Horrible what happened and glad you weren’t injured. It’s one thing to be proud of your heritage, I think we all are in our own way but if you can openly admit its upsetting people maybe its not worth losing your life over. Especially since it happened back in 1915 and not even on American soil. Glad your sister and you weren’t injured by that crazy person.

  6. cBrow says:

    I am glad they are both o.k. and that they survived this traumatic experience. Based on his own description, this was an incident of road rage, not racism. He says “… And this guy comes and cuts me off, I just change my lane just to keep on going, just to pass him, but then this guy comes up next to me, rolls down his window, and I roll down my window just to see who he is.” I know it boils my blood when aggressive drivers cut me off or drive recklessly, however I try to let it go because someone cutting me off is not worth my life.

  7. Cbrown says:

    I am glad they are ok, and that they did not get seriously injured. However I dont think this was racially motivated based on the victims statement, it was road rage “And this guy comes and cuts me off, I just change my lane just to keep on going, just to pass him, but then this guy comes up next to me, rolls down his window, and I roll down my window just to see who he is” there are too many angry people on the road, there isnt a justifiable reason to shoot at any person, when someone cuts you off or drives crazy just let them go.

  8. Dan says:

    Another moron who nearly throws the entire remainder of his life away by attempting to kill people he doesn’t even know, and without even any benefit other than getting his jollies. I’m happy that he wasn’t successful in even hitting Harry or his sister. What an idiot. Who raised this guy? They should be going to jail with him.

  9. SCVTeam says:

    There’s 2 sides to every story. I’m not surprised to say the least.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019
Upper Bouquet Canyon Remains Closed
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works released the list of road closures due to mud and rock slides from the current storm.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
COC Valencia Campus Deemed Safe after Wednesday Evening Scare
College of the Canyons' Valencia Campus is on lockdown, according to a notice from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station posted about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
Heavy Rain Expected Thursday, Sunshine to Return Friday
A powerful Pacific storm will continue to hammer the West Coast into Friday with strong winds, heavy rain and heavy mountain snow, followed by a weekend of sunshine, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday afternoon.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1899 - Martin & Richard Wood buy J.H. Tolfree's Saugus Eating House, rename it Saugus Cafe [story]
CBRE announced a full-service provider to the entertainment industry leased an industrial building in Valencia for $7.7 million.
Full-Service Entertainment Provider Leases Valencia Building for $7.7 Million
California State University, Northridge biology professor Steven Oppenheimer is celebrating 23 years of collaboration with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research done by K-12 students with the debut of volume No. 23 of The New Journal of Student Research Abstracts.
CSUN Professor Celebrates 23 Year Collaboration with LAUSD STEM Students
More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease.
CSUN Now Home to Groundbreaking Parkinson’s Treatment
LANCASTER - The University of Antelope Valley is pleased to announce the hiring of Seth Gerdine as its head coach for its new Esports program.
UAV Hires Seth Gerdine as First Head Coach of Esports Program
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized and honored the Kitten Academy at Camp Joseph Scott during its regular meeting at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration Tuesday in Downtown Los Angeles.
Barger Lauds Probation Youth Kitten Fostering Program
Discipline standards for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) have been a source of concern for several years.
Villanueva Issues Statement on Review of Discipline Standards
Santa Clarita Valley Realtor Craig Martin, of Realty One Group, commemorates twenty years helping buyers achieve the dream of homeownership, going above and beyond your typical agent.
SCV Realtor Commemorates 20 Years with Home Rewards Program
The 91st Academy Awards nominations in all 24 Oscar categories will be announced in a two-part live presentation on Tuesday via global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms – Twitter, YouTube, Facebook – a satellite feed and local broadcasters.
91st Academy Awards Nominations to be Announced Tuesday
The Santa Clarita Community College District’s Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee accepted the audit results, which showed that for the 12th year in a row, the district has properly accounted for all bond expenditures.
Santa Clarita College District Receives Best Rating in Audit of Bond Spending
The public is invited to Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park’s 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., featuring a talk by anthropologist Dr. Bruce Love and a flint knapping demonstration by master flintknapper Gary Pickett.
Jan. 26: Tomo-Kahni State Park’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
The city of Santa Clarita will host a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the Pace Bike Share Program launch at the newly opened Pace Bike Share Station at the Iron Horse Trailhead.
Jan. 31: Pace Bike Share Program Ribbon Cutting at Iron Horse Trailhead
NORTHRIDGE - CSUN Men's Basketball (8-10, 2-0 BWC) returns home on Thursday to host Hawai'i in its Big West home opener at 7:00 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN3 while Ghizal Hasan and Alan Zinsmeister are on the call in an audio broadcast on the CSUN Sports Network presented by Dignity Health.
Matadors Return Home for Big West Opener Against Hawaii
Because of the recent rainfall, Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, is cautioning residents who are planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.
Beach Water Advisory Extended Until Monday
Amgen Tour of California organizer and operator AEG announced the technically-innovative cycling apparel brand ASSOS of Switzerland has renewed a multi-year partnership to provide official race jerseys, VIP and staff apparel, and licensed merchandise for America’s premier cycling stage race.
Jerseys for 2019 Amgen Tour of California Revealed
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works released the list of road closures due to mud and rock slides from the current storm.
Upper Bouquet Canyon Remains Closed
1994, 4:31 a.m. - Magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake rocks Santa Clarita Valley [video]
College of the Canyons' Valencia Campus is on lockdown, according to a notice from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station posted about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.
COC Valencia Campus Deemed Safe after Wednesday Evening Scare
Santa Clarita Studios, an independent studio operator, has leased a 109,379 square-foot industrial building in Valencia, CBRE announced Wednesday.
Santa Clarita Studios Leases 109K-Square Foot Industrial Building
"Black Monday," a new comedy series starring CalArts alum Don Cheadle (Theater BFA 86) along with Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall, will premiere Sunday, Jan. 20, on Showtime.
Jan. 20: CalArts Alum Don Cheadle Stars in Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’
CalArts’ 2019 MA Aesthetics and Politics Theorist in Residence N. Katherine Hayles will present her lecture "Human as Alien: From Frankenstein to Ex Machina and Annihilation" at REDCAT in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 23: ‘Human as Alien’ Lecture by CalArts Theorist in Residence
The Second Annual Golden Valley High School Golf Tournament to benefit GHVS sports is set for the Sand Canyon Country Club in Canyon Country on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Jan. 26: Golf Tourney to Benefit Golden Valley Sports Programs
The Lancaster JetHawks have named former Lancaster City Manager Mark Bozigian a Special Advisor for the Minor League ball club.
JetHawks Name Lancaster Ex-City Manager to Team Advisor Post
Lancaster - The Lancaster JetHawks, in conjunction with the Colorado Rockies, have announced the JetHawks' coaching staff for the upcoming 2019 California League Minor League Baseball season.
JetHawks Name New Manager, Coaches for 2019 Season
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control has launched a test version of its new mobile app, and is seeking user feedback about possible improvements.
County Animal Care Launches Beta App, Seeks User Feedback
A powerful Pacific storm will continue to hammer the West Coast into Friday with strong winds, heavy rain and heavy mountain snow, followed by a weekend of sunshine, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday afternoon.
Heavy Rain Expected Thursday, Sunshine to Return Friday
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn on Tuesday to create a countywide plan for the provision of school-based mental health services through the county's Department of Mental Health.
Supes Call for School-Based Mental Health Sevices Countywide
Amid a continuing teacher strike, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis that would identify millions in county funds that could be directed to the Los Angeles Unified School District to enhance healthcare for students.
County OK’s Millions in Aid to LAUSD for Student Healthcare
City of Santa Clarita officials have postponed the Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Widening Project ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony scheduled for Friday morning, Jan. 18, due to work delay caused by the recent rainstorm impacting the region.
Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Open; City Postpones Dedication
Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-Santa Clarita) will serve on House Armed Services Committee, per this week’s announcement from the Speaker’s Office.
Hill to Serve on House Armed Services Committee
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger directing county agencies to develop a regulatory framework for the safe commercial operation of e-scooters in the unincorporated communities of the county.
LA County Green-Lights e-Scooter Regulation Pilot Program
A Justice Department attorney said in opening statements of a federal grand jury trial Tuesday that a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy intentionally covered for his fellow officers when he lied to federal investigators about a 2011 beating in LA’s central jail.
Feds Open Trial in Deputy Coverup of 2011 LA Jail Beating
In his first budget proposal last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed an unprecedented series of carrots and sticks that would attempt to both induce and force local governments to plan for – and produce – more housing.
Newsom Proposes Sweeping Changes on RHNA, Housing Elements
On day two of the Los Angeles teacher strike, educators in red rallied outside a charter school’s headquarters on Tuesday to highlight their frustration over what they call the privatization of public schools.
First Day of LA Teacher Strike Cost District $15M
1926 - Newhall Community Hospital, est. 1922, opens in larger, more modern hospital building at 6th & Spruce streets [story]
Most doctors accept Medicare as full payment for their services. But some accept it only for certain services, and others don’t accept it at all. What does this mean for you?
Keep Your Medicare Costs Down