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