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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Young man and woman wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A shooting in a residential neighborhood left a young man and a young woman seriously wounded Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The shooting was first reported at 12:12 p.m. in the 11800 block of Allard Street, just east of Pioneer Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
The two victims were described as between 17 and 25 years old, the lieutenant said.
Both victims were initially hospitalized in critical condition, she said. The woman’s condition was upgraded to stable later in the day, while the male victim remained in critical-but-stable condition.
The suspect or suspects may have fled the area in a two-door, gray or silver sedan, Limon said.
The circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Checkpoint planned Friday in Norwalk

NORWALK >> Deputies plan to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight at an undisclosed location within Norwalk, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, DUI collisions have claimed 33 lives and resulted in 898 injury crashes causing 1330 injuries,” according to the statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Elderly Norwalk man disappears after heading to store

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NORWALK >> Officials and worried family members asked the public’s help Sunday in finding an 87-year-old Norwalk man who went missing after leaving home for a trip to the store.
Joe Arteaga was last seen about 12:10 p.m. Saturday, driving away from his home en route to Walmart at Imperial Highway and Pioneer Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. He has not been seen or heard from since.
Arteaga is Latino, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 135 pounds, with balding gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red USC jacket, blue jeans, eyeglasses and a United States Marine Corps baseball cap.
He was driving a black 1999 Jeep Cherokee with a California license plate number of 4EUY630.
Sheriff’s deputies issued a Silver Alert. Arteaga has not been known to go missing in the past, officials added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Armed robber steals cigarettes in Norwalk


NORWALK >> A gunman fled with an armful of cigarette cartons after holding up a Norwalk tobacco shop Friday, officials said.
The crime took place about 11:20 p.m. at Cigarette Mart in the Norwalk Town Square, at Pioneer Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
A man entered the store and began arguing with the clerk, Smitson said.
He then brandished a handgun before fleeing with several cartons of cigarettes, the lieutenant said. He was last seen running west on Van Ruiten Street.
A detailed suspect description was not available.

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Man found slain inside van in Norwalk


NORWALK >> A man was found slain inside a van parked in a residential Norwalk neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
Eric Hector Sarabia, 36, was pronounced dead after being discovered suffering from trauma to his head and face inside a van parked in the 13900 block of Flatbush Avenue, just north of Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said. No city of residence was listed for Sarabia at the coroner’s office.
A neighbor reported discovering the body about 3:50 p.m., though it was unclear exactly how long it had been there before being found, Lt. Steve Jauch of the Sheriff’s homicide Bureau said Wednesday.
Also unclear Wednesday was how Sarabia died.
“There was trauma to his face and his head,” the lieutenant said. “It’s definitely being investigated by as homicide. We just don’t know how he died.”
An autopsy was yet to be carried out, Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner said.
Sarabia’s body was found in the rear portion of a white van, officials said.
Sarabia was not the registered owner of the vehicle, Jauch said. The investigator declined to discuss who did own the vehicle, citing the active investigation.
No further details were available.
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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Man expected to survive after Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A man shot another man multiple times during an argument between the two men in a Norwalk neighborhood Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The shooter remained at large following the 1 p.m. shooting along Liggett Street, just east of Studebaker Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
Few details were available as the victim, a 21-year-old man, refused to cooperate with investigators, the lieutenant said.
He got into an argument with another man before the suspect pulled a gun and shot the victim in the chest, abdomen and legs, Smitson said. Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
A detailed suspect description was not available, officials said. A dark-colored sedan seen driving away from the area may have been involved.

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UPDATED: Huntington Beach man killed, woman wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A Huntington Beach man died and a woman was wounded in a Norwalk shooting late Wednesday, authorities said.
The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 15100 block of Grayland Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“Homicide detectives learned that the victims were walking south on Grayland Avenue when a white vehicle drove alongside them,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“The vehicle stopped, two male Hispanics exited the vehicle, and one or possibly both suspects started shooting at them. Both victims were struck by gunfire. The suspects re-entered the vehicle, drove north on Grayland Avenue and out of view.”
Luis Virgen Jr., 21, if Huntington Beach was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where he succumbed to injuries a short time later, Orange County coroner’s officials said in a written statement.
The man died at a hospital, officials said. The woman was hospitalized in serious condition.
Anyone with information on the shooting was urged to call 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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Two men wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A gunman shot and wounded two men early Sunday in a residential Norwalk neighborhood, authorities said.
The shooting took place just after midnight at Lowemont Street and Horst Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ralph Gama said.
A man was stopped in his car talking to an acquaintance who was standing on the sidewalk when a white Toyota Camry came to a stop in front of them, the sergeant said.
“The passenger exited and started shooting at the victims,” Gama said.
The man on the sidewalk was struck in the chest and face, he said. The victim in the car was struck in the arm and torso.
The victims managed to drive to the home of a family member, who called for help, Gama said.
Both wounded men, who were in their 20s, were hospitalized in stable condition, he said.
The shooter and gunman were last seen driving south out of the area, Gama said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
Investigators suspected the shooting was gang-related.

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Vigil and march to honor sheriff’s Explorer Scout fatally shot in South Whittier

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SOUTH WHITTIER >> Hundreds of loved ones, including fellow Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Scouts, will march Friday to honor the life of a 19-year-old Whittier man shot to death four years ago along with 24-year-old friend, as well as renew their call for justice in the unsolved double-slaying.
Lifelong Whittier resident Cesar Rodriguez, who dreamed of becoming a sheriff’s deputy, was gunned down Aug. 28, 2011, along with Larry Villegas of Whittier as the two left a friend’s home in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue in unincorporated South Whittier.
The killing remains unsolved.
Friends, family members and law enforcement officials will gather for a Mass at 5 p.m. Friday at St. Pious X Church, 10827 Pioneer Blvd. in Santa Fe Springs, before gathering at 7 p.m. at Laurel Avenue and Beaty Street in South Whittier, said Rodriguez’s brother, George Rodriguez.
AR-140829514Marchers will then walk past the shooting scene to Amelia Mayberry Park, 13201 Meyer Road in South Whittier.
Similar marches were held 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Cesar Rodriguez worked as an explorer at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station for four years prior to his death and planned to pursue a career as a sheriff’s deputy, sheriff’s officials said.
George Rodriguez said he remains hopeful his brother’s killer will be found and brought to justice, and wanted anyone with information about the shooting to provide that information to investigators.
Detectives have followed up on information regarding possible persons of interest over the past year, but nothing has developed into a solid lead, Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. “We’re back to square one.”
Corina also asked that anyone with information come forward. “They can be anonymous if they want,” he said.
Anyone with information 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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