UPDATE OCT. 12, 2021: Five days after a fatal shooting in San Dimas, Joseph Dambra, who has been accused of the shooting killing of his brother last week and a shooting at another location in the city, is now in custody, according to San Dimas Sheriff Station.
Many San Dimas residents were left wondering if two separate shootings in the city on Wednesday night were related — authorities confirmed they were.
During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Lieutenant Brandon Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said Richard Dambra, a 68-year-old resident of Florida, was visiting family members in San Dimas when he was shot and killed by his brother, Joseph Dambra, 62, just after 7 p.m.
Deputies from the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station responded to a “gunshot victim” on the 200 block of South Valley Center Avenue, according to an earlier LASD press release. Richard Dambra was pronounced dead at the scene.
Within a few minutes of the first shooting, authorities said Joseph Dambra arrived at a residence on the 500 block of Allen Avenue, where he shot multiple times at an unoccupied vehicle belonging to another one of his brothers.
Dean said Joseph Dambra’s current whereabouts are unknown, and law enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect, who is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Joseph Dambra was last seen on the 15 Freeway near the 210 Freeway, heading north on a red and white Ducati motorcycle with California license plate number 24T1111.
Multiple witnesses in various parts of the city said they heard gunshots.
Bernie Ramirez lives on Eaton Road in San Dimas, and his property backs up to the houses along South Valley Center Avenue.
Ramirez was in his backyard with his dog, taking a break from the Dodger game, when he heard four pops in a row.
“I never just jump to the conclusion that it’s gunshots because we always hear fireworks and you never know which one it is,” he said.
It wasn’t until his neighbors called him that Ramirez realized what he had heard. “Even though I heard the gunshots, I didn’t think it was anything until they called and I saw the helicopter flying overhead.”
On the other side of town at the corner of Laredo Drive and Allen Avenue, long-time San Dimas residents Rick and Sandy Okey also heard gunshots.
“It scared the hell out of me,” Sandy Okey said. “It was so loud. It just jolted the house; it was so loud.”
Rick Okey said law enforcement officers asked if their security cameras had captured any footage of the street, but they had not.
There were three homicides within the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station’s jurisdiction from January through Sept. 19, 2021, and two in 2020, according to data from LASD.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide your information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile app on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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