Two men were arrested early Thursday in connection with a Wednesday night shooting in rural Paso Robles that injured three people, including the suspects.
Jaquan Jabriel Burns and Karheem Graham-Lutchman III, both 23 and from Virginia, were taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder after a drug-related shootout, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Graham-Lutchman at first falsely identified himself as Frank Allen Cooper III before authorities determined his actual name.
Deputies responded about 9 p.m. to multiple reports of gunshots on the 4100 block of Whispering Oak Way, near Jardine Road and Highway 46.
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They found one male shooting victim at the scene. He was taken for treatment at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, which has the only trauma center in San Luis Obispo County. He remains in the intensive care unit.
Officials believe Burns and Graham-Lutchman took themselves to the hospital for treatment.
Burns was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released into the custody of the Sheriff’s Office. Graham-Lutchman is being treated for five gunshot wounds to his arms and legs. He’s been transferred to a less critical unit from intensive care and was booked into jail remotely.
Burns and Graham-Lutchman are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Detectives said they think the shooting occurred after the two suspects showed up to a gathering uninvited. A fight and exchange of gunfire ensued when the victim opened the door.
Though investigators said they believe drugs were involved in the shooting, they don’t think it was gang-related. There are no outstanding suspects, and investigators don’t believe the public is in any danger, as the violence was part of an isolated incident.
The Sheriff’s Office investigation into the shooting is ongoing.