PASADENA — A man shot to death in a Christmas Day shooting in Pasadena has been identified as a 49-year-old longtime Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employee, authorities said Wednesday.
Victor J. McClinton, who worked as a sheriff’s law enforcement technician since 1994, died at a hospital shortly after the shooting, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and Pasadena police officials.
He was wounded along with another man, who was hospitalized in critical condition following the the 11 a.m. shooting in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue, near Wyoming Street, Pasadena police officials said.
Police responded to a reports of gunshots heard in the area when they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds, Pasadena police said in a written statement.
Both victims were taken to a hospital, where one died and the other was listed in critical condition, officials said. The identity of the surviving shooting victim was not released.
Details including a suspect description and motive were not available.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said McClinton is survived by a wife and two grown sons.
He worked as a law enforcement technician assigned to court services.
“He really was considered an extraordinary employee and this is a tragic situation,” Whitmore said.
“He was a member of our family,” Whitmore added. “He will be missed.”
Law enfrocement techinicians carry out a variety of taks in support of their sworn counterparts in the sheriff’s department, serving as it’s “backbone,” Whitmore explained.
In addition, McClinton was also the Youth Sports Director at the Pasadena-based nonprofit Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League.
“Please know that your prayers are both needed and appreciated as the McClinton family and our community mourn this loss,” according to a statement posted on the organization’s website. “(His wife) Shelly has specifically asked that we remember Victor for the life he lived as a community leader, youth advocate, devoted father to Kristian and Kameron, brother, friend and as a loving husband to Shelly.”
Represenatives of the organization could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
McClinton graduated Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles and Pasadena City College, where he studied recreation and administration of justice, according to his biography on Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League’s website.
Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501.
PHOTO of Vincent McClinton courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department