Shooting reported at Villa Parke in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Gunfire erupted at Villa Parke in Pasadena Saturday afternoon, but both the attackers and their intended targets fled the scene before police arrived, officials said.
The shooting took place about 1:50 p.m. along Garfield Avenue between Parke and Villa Streets, along the western edge of the park, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“We received numerous calls of shots fired at the park,” he said.
Witnesses told police that the shooter approached a group of four to five men in their 20s or 30s on foot, Mercado said.
“There were words exchanged between the suspect and the victims, and then the suspect opened fire on them,” the lieutenant said.
The intended targets of the shooting scattered and ran, he said. The gunman ran north on Garfield Avenue and got into the front passenger seat of a waiting getaway car parked on Parke Street.
Officers were not able to find either the victims or suspects, Mercado said. No area hospital reported receiving no gunshot wound victims connected to the incident.
Mercado said the shooter was described as a man in his 20s, of unknown race, with a dark complexion, wearing a red baseball cap, red shorts and a white T-shirt. He was armed with a dark-colored, semi-automatic handgun.
The getaway car was a gray, early-2000s-model, four-door Nissan sedan, Mercado said. It was driven by a Latino man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, with “puffy” hair, wearing a gray T-shirt.
A third person also rode in a rear passenger seat of the vehicle, Mercado said. A detailed description was not available.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man wounded in Whittier shooting


WHITTIER >> A man suffered gunshot wounds to his arm in a shooting in a residential neighborhood in Whittier early Saturday, police said.
Officers first received a report about 9:06 a.m. of “shots fired” in the 12500 block of Beverly Boulevard, Whittier police Lt. Brian Ellis said.
“They found a male shot several times in his arm,” Ellis said. He was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were not available as the investigation continued Saturday, Ellis said.
Anyone with information can reach Whittier police at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Woman stabbed two-dozen times in Monterey Park; husband accused of attempted murder


MONTEREY PARK >> Police detained a man after his wife was found lying in the street nude and suffering from two-dozen stab wounds in front of their Monterey Park home late Thursday, officials said.
Police first received reports of a stabbing about 8:25 p.m. at Newmark Avenue and Monterey Pass Road, Monterey Park police Lt. Scott Wiese said.
Callers reported, “a woman in the street, with no clothes on, bleeding,” he said.
Officers found the woman, 56, suffering from about 25 stab wounds or cuts, police said. She was taken to a trauma center for treatment.
The wounds to the woman’s head, face and torso appeared relatively superficial and were not initially believed to be life threatening, he said. She was conscious when taken to the hospital.
Officers then followed a trail of blood to a house in the 1200 block of West Newmark 0402_NWS_SGT-L-MPSTABAvenue, where they detained the woman’s husband, 63-year-old Kam Hing Wong.
“They located the suspect outside of the residence and took him into custody without incident,” Monterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and domestic violence, police said.
Wong is pictured with what appears to be blood on his head and shirt in his police booking photo.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Wong was being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment hearing Wednesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court Alhambra branch.

PHOTO of Kam Hing Wong, 63, courtesy of the Monterey Park Police Department.

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Car struck by gunfire in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> An unknown shooter riddled a car with bullets but injured no one in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena late Tuesday, officials said.
Officers responded to multiple reports of “shots fired” just after 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Worcester Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
They found a car had been struck numerous times by gunfire as it sat parked in a residential driveway, the lieutenant said. The car’s owner, a 38-year-old man, was asleep inside the home at the time of the shooting.
No suspect description was available, and the motive for the shooting was unclear, Luna said.

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Police: Whittier man arrested following shotgun attack on neighbor


WHITTIER >> Police jailed a Whittier man Sunday after he opened fire on a neighbor with a shotgun, but missed, in Uptown Whittier, officials said.
Jose Manuel Luevano, 23, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the 8:20 a.m. incident in the 6700 block of Painter Avenue, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was sitting in a car when Lueveano approached while brandishing a shotgun, police said.
“The suspect pointed the shotgun at the victim and fired once,” according to the police statement. “The victim was not hit and the suspect ran from the location.”
The load of shot from the shotgun struck a building behind the victim, Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
Police searched the area but did not find the shooter.
But further investigation led police to find the suspect about five hours later, on foot in the area of Rosecrans Avenue and La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, where officers took him into custody without a struggle, authorities said.
“A search warrant was served at his residence and a weapon was located,” the statement said.
The gun recovered at Luevano’s home was similar to the one used in the shooting, though police were yet to determine if it was one and the same, Ellis said.
The suspect and victim were acquainted with one another, however, no words were exchanged prior to the gunfire, the lieutenant said. The motive for the shooting was unknown.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Luevano was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Young man wounded in Whittier drive-by shooting


WHITTIER >> A drive-by shooting in Whittier left a young man wounded Friday afternoon, officials said.
Police first responded at 6:57 p.m. to reports of gunfire and a “person down” along Laurel Avenue, between Lambert Road and Dunton Drive, Whittier police Cpl. Tim Jakcsy said.
Officers found a young man who had been shot once in the abdomen, the corporal said.
He was taken to a hospital. “He appears to be stable at this point,” Jakcsy said.
No suspect description was available.
Anyone with information can reach Whittier police at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Monterey Park attempted murder suspect wounded in gun battle with police officer in East L.A.


EAST LOS ANGELES >> Monterey Park police shot and wounded an attempted murder suspect during a gunfight in an East Los Angeles Wednesday, authorities said.
Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin said officers located the suspect and the shooting occurred about 9:25 a.m. in the area of Woods Avenue and Escuela Street.
The suspect, a 34-year-old Monterey Park man, suffered a single gunshot wound to his torso and was expected to survive his wounds, according to Lt. John Corina of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, which is spearheading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. He’s also suspected of shooting and wounding an active duty U.S. Marine outside a Monterey Park convenience store earlier in the week. His name was not available late Wednesday as he remained hospitalized.
OIS2No officers were hurt, but an officer’s patrol car was struck by gunfire, officials said.
Capt. Steve Katz of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Monterey park officers were following up on the previous shooting when the shooting took place.
“There were involved in identifying and tracking down a violent criminal who had committed an attempted murder in their city,” Katz said.
A Monterey Park officer spotted the suspect riding a bike in the area of 4th Street and Woods Avenue, Corina said. The suspect pulled a handgun and began shooting at the officer.
The officer did not initially return fire for fear of collateral damage in a nearby residential neighborhood, Corina said. The officer followed the suspect as he headed south on Woods Avenue from 4th Street, still riding a bicycle.
As the suspect and officer approached Escuela Street, the suspect again began firing at the officer, the lieutenant said.
Corina said the officer then did shoot back, firing multiple shots through the windshield of his patrol car, Corina said.
One bullet struck the suspect in the abdomen, Corina said. He fell wounded and was quickly taken into custody.
The man was wanted in connection with a shooting that left a U.S. Marine who was on leave wounded outside a Monterey Park 7-Eleven store earlier this week.
The attack took place about 2:45 a.m. Sunday at the convenience store, 281 E. Pomona Blvd., along Monterey Park’s southern border, Monterey Park police Sgt. Dave Elliot said.
The victim and a friend arrived at the store and were confronted by a man in the parking lot, the sergeant said.
“Some words were exchanged when the suspect brandished a firearm and shot the victim one time,” Elliot said.
The victim, who was struck in the abdomen, was hospitalized, Elliot said. An update on his condition was not available.
Witnesses described the shooter as a Latino man in his 20s, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants, carrying a dark-colored handgun, Elliot said. “The suspect was seen fleeing the parking lot on a bicycle.”
Corina said the suspect had been acting belligerent and trying to start fights with other patrons as well before the Marine and his friend, a fellow Marine, arrived at the convenience store, Corina said. It was unclear whether the suspect was intoxicated at the time.
A revolver and bicycle recovered at the scene of Wednesday’s gunfight between the suspect and police officer were believed to be the same used in Sunday morning’s shooting, Corina said.
Anyone with information regarding Sunday’s shooting is asked to contact Monterey Park police Detective Han at 626-307-1246.
Anyone with information regarding Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting can reach the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man wounded in San Gabriel stabbing


SAN GABRIEL — A man showed up at the San Gabriel Police Department for help after being stabbed in the chest at a nearby liquor store Saturday morning, authorities said.
The wounded victim drove to the police station, 625 S. Del Mar Ave., just after 9 a.m., San Gabriel police Sgt. Brian Sagocio said.
By chance, San Gabriel firefighters happened to be at the station to use it’s gasoline pumps and were able to immediately begin treating the man, he said.
The man had suffered a stab wound that punctured one of his lungs, officials said.
After undergoing surgery at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, “It looks like he’s going to make it,” Sagocio said.
The victim told investigators he was inside of his car near a liquor store just north of the police station, at Del Mar and Angeleno avenues, when he was stabbed by to male attackers, the sergeant said.
He managed to drive to the police station, just over 400 feet away, to seek aid.
The victim, who was believed to have gang ties, did not appear to be cooperating with investigators, Sagocio said.
The motive and circumstances of the attack remained under investigation Saturday night, he said. No further details were available.

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Two men wounded Saturday in separate Norwalk shootings

NORWALK >> Two separate shootings in Norwalk Saturday left two men wounded, but expected to survive, authorities said.
Deputies received reports about 4:15 a.m. that a person had been shot at Adoree Street and Dalwood Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
Officials found no victim at the scene, but were soon informed that a gunshot victim had been brought to a local hospital, the lieutenant said.
The victim, a 45-year-old Norwalk man, told investigators he had been driving down the street when he was flagged down by someone, Limon said.
“The victim said he remembered being hit in the head and shot,” she said. He was being treated for a gunshot wound to his back that did not appear to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available, nor were further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.
A little more than 10 hours later, and about 2 miles away, authorities received another report of gunfire in the area of Clarkdale Avenue and Walnut Street, Limon said.
Deputies found a Norwalk man in his 20s in an a nearby alleyway suffering from a gunshot wound to his ankle, she said.
The injured man did not cooperate with investigators, and no further details were available. His wound was also no considered life-threatening.
The motives in both shooting remained under investigation, however sheriff’s gang detectives were tasked with the cases, Limon said.
The violence came after a fatal shooting Wednesday that left a Norwalk man dead at outside a 7-Eleven Store at Alondra Boulevard and Studebaker Road, as well as a fatal deputy-involved shooting of a Norwalk man at the same intersection on Thursday. Anyone with information on the non-fatal shootings can reach from the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Anyone with information on the fatal shooting or the deputy-involved shooting can reach the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Suspect fatally shot, deputy struck by vehicle in Cerritos


CERRITOS >> Deputies fatally shot a man after he struck a sheriff’s deputy with a car at a Cerritos intersection Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The suspect, described only as a man, died at a hospital following the 5:14 p.m. deputy-involved shooting at Alondra Boulevard and Studebaker Road, just outside of Cerritos College, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The deputy, assigned to the sheriff’s Cerritos Station, was patrolling through the parking lot of a 7-Eleven when he saw a white Acura Integra parked near a gas pump and checked the car’s license plate, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. The car had been reported stolen in Whittier.
As the deputy approached the car, with the suspect sitting behind the wheel, he heard the engine start, officials said.
“At some point, the vehicle accelerated, struck the deputy, at which time, a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.
The deputy was released from the hospital later in the day, officials said. The suspect, who succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, was not identified Wednesday.
Peter Serna, a student at nearby Cerritos College, said it appeared the deputy had the suspect pulled over before the shooting occurred. The deputy ordered the driver to get out of his car when the vehicle lunged forward.
“The man tried to strike the police officer with his car,” Serna said. “The officer fired five shots and then they tried performing CPR on the man.”
It appeared the suspect’s car struck the deputy’s hip or leg, Serna said.
California Highway Patrol officials shut down the Alondra Boulevard offramps from the 605 Freeway, as well as the westbound 91 Freeway connector road to the northbound 605 Freeway, as deputies continued their investigation Wednesday evening.
The fatal deputy-involved shooting took place one day after a man was shot to death in a suspected gang-related shooting at a 7-Eleven store at the same intersection, but across the city border in Norwalk, Lt. Victor Lewandowski of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
The identity of Tuesday afternoon’s shooting victim was not released Wednesday.
Investigators described the killers as two Latino men in their late-teens to early-20s. Lewandowski said a dark-colored Chevrolet sedan and a white SUV-type vehicle were seen leaving the area following the gunfire.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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