Man killed in Norwalk shooting identified

NORWALK – Coroner’s officials Sunday released the name of a 44-year-old man shot to death last week.
Michael Rios died at a hospital following Thursday’s 1 a.m. shooting in a residential neighborhood in the 11500 block of Angell Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Jim Blacklock said. His city of residence was not listed.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials have released little information about the shooting.
Deputies responded to reports of gunshots heard in the area when they found Rios wounded several times in the “upper torso,” Deputy Irys Alvarez of the Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau said in a written statement.
No further details were available, and no description of the killer or killers was released.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Man fatally shot in Norwalk

NORWALK — A man died early Thursday he was wounded in a shooting in a residential neighborhood, officials said.
The identity of the victim was not release Thursday. Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials initially described him only as a man.
The shooting was first reported just before 1 a.m., Deputy Lillian Peck of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement.
“Several gunshots were heard in the area of the 11500 Angell Street,” Peck said. “When deputies arrived, they discovered the victim, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso.”
Paramedics took the man to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries a short time later, officials said.
The circumstances of the shooting were unavailable, and no suspect description was released.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Man carjacked near home in Norwalk

NORWALK — A man was carjacked of his pickup truck near his home early Sunday, officials said.
The man was loading or unloading items from his pickup truck about 7:30 a.m. as her performed work around his home in the 10900 block of Littchen Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Don McMinn said. His keys were near the truck.
A carjacker initially described only as male pushed the victim, grabbed his keys and fled with his Nissan Frontier, the sergeant said. The license plate number of the vehicle was not released as deputies continued seeking it Sunday.
No weapon was seen during the crime, McMinn said, and the victim was not injured.

Pickup truck crashes through cement wall on second floor of Norwalk parking structure


NORWALK — An elderly Norwalk man avoided serious injury Wednesday after crashing his pickup truck through a cement wall on the second story of a parking structure, authorities said.
The crash took place just before 4 p.m. at a parking structure on Civic Center Drive, just east of Norwalk Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials said.
WDN-L-NWKCRASH(02)An 82-year-old driver was ascending the parking structure in a Toyota pickup truck when he mistook the accelerator for the brake pedal, sheriff’s Lt. Bill Evans said.
The truck smashed through a concrete wall on the second floor of the parking structure, coming to a rest precariously perched on the edge of the structure.
Several large chunks of concrete fell to the ground below following the crash, however no one was hurt by the falling debris.
The driver of the truck was treated for injuries believed to be minor, Evans added.
Nothing criminal was initially suspected in what Evans said was being investigated as an accident.

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Woman wounded in Norwalk shooting

NORWALK — A young woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg in a shooting at Hermosillo park early Wednesday, officials said.
The shooting was believed to have taken place shortly after midnight at the park, 11959 162nd Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Bill Evans said.
Deputies learned of the shooting when they received a call from a Downey hospital reporting a gunshot victim had arrived in the emergency room, the lieutenant said.
Little information was available as the wounded woman, 18, refused to cooperate with deputies, he said.

Man badly wounded in Norwalk stabbing

Deputies found a Norwalk man with multiple stab wounds after he knocked on doors asking for help Thursday night.
Authorities suspect the attack might be gang-related.
Sgt. Mark Guerrero of the sheriff’s Norwalk Station said the 19-year-old man was in a parking lot in the 11100 block of Excelsior Drive around 9:30 p.m. when he was stabbed nine to 10 times by an unknown assailant.
The injured man headed toward a nearby apartment.
“He walked 20 to 40 yards and started knocking on residents’ doors,” Guerrero said.
A resident called deputies.
The man was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where he was undergoing surgery late Thursday night.
There were no further details about the stabbing or the suspect available Friday.
Deputies are looking for witnesses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Norwalk station at 562-863-8711.

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Vigil planned for Norwalk man killed in hit-and-run; driver remains at large

NORWALK — Friends and family members of a 20-year-old Norwalk man killed in a hit-and-run while riding his skateboard one month ago are planning a vigil Saturday as they continue seeking the public’s help in bringing the driver to justice.
A candlelight vigil for Daniel Ortiz is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the scene of the Feb. 9 collision at Foster and Studebaker roads, according to family members.
Anxious for answers and closure following the death of Ortiz, family members have offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the hit-and-run driver.
Ortiz was pronounced dead at the scene after being discovered lying in the street by a passerby about 4:20 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Steve Boyer said.
He was on his way home from a friend’s house and crossing Studebaker in a marked intersection when he was struck by a northbound pickup truck, investigators said.
No witnesses to the crash were located, however debris left at the scene by the hit-and-run vehicle indicated it was a dark blue Nissan Titan pickup truck, model year 2003 through 2006, Boyer said.
Sister Teresa Macias said Ortiz was a kind and fun-loving lifelong resident of Norwalk who enjoyed sports from a young age and played football for Norwalk High School. He had been working for a company that installs surveillance cameras.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711.

Clues sought, reward offered in hit-and-run that killed 20-year-old Norwalk man

NORWALK — The driver of a truck that fled the scene after fatally striking a 20-year-old Norwalk man earlier this month remained at large Wednesday, as family members offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Daniel Michael Ortiz died shortly after he was struck by a pickup truck while he was crossing Studebaker Road near Foster Road on his skateboard, within a marked intersection, shortly before 4:20 a.m. Feb. 9, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said. The truck was headed northbound.
The lifelong Norwalk resident and former quarterback at Norwalk High School was a fun and well-liked young man, said his sister, Teresa Macias.
“He always joked around. He was really funny,” Macias said. “If you were sad, he would make you laugh.”
Daniel Ortiz was an avid athlete, who had been playing T-ball at age 4, Macias said. He also enjoyed taking part in baseball and basketball.
“He was a hard worker,” the sister added. Ortiz had been working installing surveillance cameras.

“Outside of sports, Daniel had a passion for skateboarding and pretty girls,” according to a statement authored by family members and distributed on the program at his memorial service earlier this week.
“Daniel was an amazing person with a heart of gold. He was generous, outgoing and loved in a big way,” the statement continued. “He would want us to celebrate his life and and hold the memories he left us close to our hearts.”
More than a week after the fatal collision, Macias said family members are growing eager for justice.
“The family’s offering a $5,000 reward,” she said.
Ortiz was on his way home from a friend’s house when he was struck, sheriff’s Detective Steve Boyer said.
Though no witnesses have come forward to report seeing the fatal collision, investigators have since developed additional information about the hit-and-run vehicle.
It was initially described only as a metallic blue vehicle. But detectives recovered parts from the truck — such as headlight pieces — which allowed them to narrow down the search.
“The parts had part numbers on them, and they belong to a Nissan Titan,” Boyer said. The truck was from model years 2003 through 2006 and was dark metallic blue.
No description of the driver was available, and detectives continued reviewing nearby surveillance camera footage for clues, Boyer said.
The fatal collision was first reported to authorities by a passer-by who noticed Ortiz lying in the street, then flagged down an ambulance and a sheriff’s car, according to the detective.
Teresa Macias said the tragedy was further compounded by the fact that the driver fled the scene without making any attempt to help Daniel Ortiz, even though there was a hospital several doors down the street.
“When he hit (Daniel Ortiz) he could have just picked him and taken him (to the hospital),” Macias said.
Daniel Ortiz suffered two broken wrists, a broken leg and internal injuries when struck, his sister said. She said it appeared from his injuries that he held his hands out as if to protect himself just before the impact.
And because her brother was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk, Macias said she suspected the driver was intoxicated.
“If it is a drunk driver, he needs to be convicted,” she said. “He needs to realize this is something that’s serious.”
In addition to his sister, Ortiz is survived by two brothers, Joe Macias and Michael Ortiz, as well as parents Danny and Sherrie Ortiz.
A funeral was held Monday at the Chapel of Memories in Norwalk, Macias said.
“It was so beautiful,” she said, estimating that about 400 people attended.
Macias and Boyer asked anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711.

Skateboarder killed in Norwalk hit-and-run

NORWALK — A 20-year-old Norwalk man died Saturday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his skateboard, officials said.
Daniel Michael Ortiz died at the scene of the collision, which was first reported about 4:20 a.m. at Studebaker and Foster roads, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
No witnesses to the fatal-hit-and run had been located Sunday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Arnold said.
“We responded to the area on a rescue call — a person down in the street,” Arnold said. “Once we were there, we determined it was a person who had apparently been struck by a vehicle, and he was deceased at the location.”
It appeared the vehicle was northbound on Studebaker when it struck the skateboarder, who was crossing the road within a marked crosswalk, Arnold said.
“Debris indicated it’s a metallic blue vehicle,” he said. It was believed to have front-end damage.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711.

iPhone 5s targeted in Norwalk Radio Shack robbery

Three men fled with more than 10 iPhone 5 cell phones following a robbery at an electronics store early Saturday, authorities said.
The crime took place about 9:15 a.m. at a Radio Shack location on Rosecrans Avenue, just west of Pioneer Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Franck said.
After entering the store and brandishing a handgun, the men stole more than 10 iPhone 5 phones, valued at about $800 each, the sergeant said.
Officials described the robbers as three black men in their 20s or 30s, wearing hooded sweat shirts.
No injuries were reported, and no getaway car was seen.