COSTA MESA — Police have arrested two people on suspicion of attempted murder after a suspected drug deal went wrong in a Costa Mesa motel early Wednesday and left one man in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.
Authorities would only identify the pair as a 21-year-old man from Anaheim and a 25-year-old woman from Garden Grove. Police officials would not release their names citing the ongoing investigation. Both are being held on $1-million bail.
The shooting started in a first-floor motel room at the Costa Mesa Motor Inn, 2277 Harbor Blvd., about 2:45 a.m. and spilled out into the parking lot, with blood and bullet casings lying along the path, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Paul Dondero. Several people were involved in the incident, some of them gang members from other cities, police said.
Gang affiliation didn't appear to play a role in the incident, authorities said.
According to detectives, a group went to the motel for a drug deal, and somewhere during that transaction the shooting began and continued in the parking lot. Police recovered methamphetamine and other items related to a drug deal in the room and outside. A small caliber handgun matching the shell casings was found nearby.