ALHAMBRA >> Police placed three Alhambra schools on precautionary lockdown Wednesday afternoon as they investigated reports of gunfire along the 10 Freeway.
Police first received reports about 1:23 p.m. of someone shooting a handgun on or near the westbound 10 Freeway near Atlantic Boulevard, Alhambra police Lt. Gabriel Ponce said.
The shooter has not been found, nor have any victims. Nearby Fremont Elementary School, 2001 Elm Street, Marguerita Elementary School, 1515 W. Mission Road, and Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 W. Ramona Road, were placed on lockdown as police searched the area along the freeway between Fremont Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard, officials said.
The lockdowns were lifted just over an hour later, Ponce said. No suspects or victims were found.
It was unclear if the reported gunfire came from a vehicle, or a person on foot along the roadside.
BALDWIN PARK >> A man was hospitalized in critical-but-stable condition with a gunshot wound and his wife suffered a severe facial injury after being pistol-whipped following what was believed to be an incident of domestic violence in Baldwin Park early Saturday, police said.
A man driving a pickup truck flagged down a police officer about 12:30 a.m. at Maine Avenue and Ramona Boulevard and said that his brother had been shot, and was in the bed of the truck, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Shawn Blackburn said.
The driver sped off before providing more details, the sergeant said. Officers gave chase until the driver pulled over at Puente Avenue and Amar Road in the unincorporated county area of Bassett.
Police summoned paramedics to treat the gunshot victim, who had been shot in the abdomen, Blackburn said. He was hospitalized in critical-but-stable condition.
Officers arrested the wounded man’s 45-year-old brother on suspicion of evading police, he said.
About the same time, a woman arrived at a Baldwin Park emergency room with a severe facial injury apparently suffered while being struck with a handgun, Blackburn said. It was soon determined the injured woman is the wife of the man who had been shot.
Detectives believed the violence was the result of a domestic dispute that occurred in a residential neighborhood in the area of Feather Avenue and Macdevitt Street in Baldwin Park, police said.
Neither the husband or wife had been arrested Saturday as the investigation continued into exactly what took place, Blackburn said.
The shooting victim’s brother remained jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail Saturday afternoon, Los Angeles County booking records show.
Officials continued investigating the intentions of the wounded man’s brother, including whether he may have been trying to seek help for his wounded brother when he led police on the chase, Blackburn added.
WEST COVINA >> Police in West Covina are marking the anniversary of the death of a 29-year-old fellow officer who was killed in a shootout with an escaped psychiatric patient 38 years ago.
West Covina police Officer Jay Warren Jackson made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on Jan. 14, 1978, West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez said. Officers will be wearing black bands over their badges in his honor throughout the day.
The officer had been in pursuit of a fleeing car down the eastbound 10 Freeway when the suspect exited at Holt Avenue and spun out, officials said. The driver jumped out of his car and hid behind as police approached.
“The suspect opened fire on responding officers and Officer Jackson as they approached the now disabled vehicle, Lopez said. “Officer Jackson was struck by gunfire and succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.”
Jackson’s name is one of three emblazoned on the West Covina Police Memorial, honoring police officers who died while serving West Covina. And like the other two fallen West Covina officers, a street sign marks the location of his slaying.
Fellow officers shot and killed the suspect, who it was later learned had fled from a psychiatric facility and made threats of suicide to family and friends, according to Lopez.
Born in Pasadena on Nov. 7, 1948, Jackson was raised in West Covina. He joined the U.S. Army in 1968 and received an honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant four years later.
He married his wife, Patricia, in 1971 and the couple a daughter, Shauna, in 1973.
Jackson began his career with the Azusa Police Department in 1973, graduating the Rio Hondo Police Academy the following year. He joined the West Covina Police Department as a patrol officer in 1977.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Jackson is survived by his mother, Cora Jackson, and two sisters.
PHOTOS of fallen Officer Jay Warren Jackson, street sign, West Covina Police Memorial Courtesy of the West Covina Police Department.
PASADENA >> One man remained hospitalized with serious injuries and another was behind bars Friday following a shooting in Northwest Pasadena the previous afternoon, police said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, arrived at a Pasadena hospital about 3 p.m. Thursday, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen and was listed in critical-but-stable condition.
“Hospital staff notified us of the victim and officers responded,” the lieutenant said. “Based on the preliminary statement, it appears the incident occurred in the area of Raymond Avenue and Montana Street.”
Officers canvassed the neighborhood in search of clues, detaining several people in the area for questioning, Lt. Diego Torres said.
Detectives ultimately determined Jesus Javier Miron, 19, of Pasadena, who was found on foot in the area, was the gunman, Torres said.
The motive and circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation Friday, police said. It was unclear whether the victim and suspect knew one another prior to the shooting.
Miron was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Torres said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.
Police also arrested a second man, who was accompanying the victim at the hospital, on suspicion of possessing brass knuckles, Torres said. The 24-year-old Pasadena man was released from custody Friday afternoon pending his initial court appearance after posting $20,000 bail, records show.
Thursday’s shooting was the seventh in Pasadena in three weeks.
Police and city officials to host a meeting Wednesday to discuss the recent spate of violence, which began Dec. 18 with the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Robert Arthur Calderon of Altadena. The following day, a woman was wounded in a shooting during a gathering to memorialize Calderon.
Four out of the six shooting that preceded Thursday’s incident were gang-related, according to Cmdr. John Perez.
Investigators had yet to determine whether Thursday’s shooting was gang-related.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> A Rowland Heights man initially arrested on suspicion of murder after fatally shooting his father, who had just shot three other family members to death on New Year’s Eve, has been released from custody pending further investigation, according to officials and booking records.
Christopher John Morey, 33, was released from custody at the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County booking records show. Detectives will still present their findings to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office later for consideration of potential charges.
Prior to his release Saturday afternoon, Morey had been held in lieu of $1 million bail.
He had been in custody since New Year’s Eve, when he shot his 54-year-old father, Michael John Morey, at the family home in the 2200 block of Batson Avenue, sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
Christopher Morey disarmed and shot his father after the elder Morey shot his bedridden wife, 54-year-old Betty Jean Morey, Christopher Morey’s 48-year-old girlfriend, Linda Patricia Merrell, and house guest Ernesto Calzadilla, 27, of Rowland Heights, authorities said.
The violence was preceded by an argument between Michael Morey and Merrell over the usage of a washing machine, Lt. John Corina of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
The home was littered with beer bottles, and Michael Morey was known to become agitated when drunk, according to investigators and neighbors.
Corina has said the investigation is now focusing on whether Michael Morey continued to pose a threat when his son shot him, Corina said. If that’s determined to be the case, the shooting could be ruled lawful self-defense.
Handling detectives could not be reached for comment Sunday, nor could Christopher Morey. It was unclear whether he was being represented by an attorney.
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.
PASADENA >> A driver escaped injury when another motorist opened fire on his car in a shooting believed to have resulted from road rage in Pasadena late Friday, police said.
The shooting took place about 10 p.m. in the 100 block of Columbia Street, just east of Pasadena Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
It was preceded by an incident of road rage between two cars in Pasadena a short time earlier, the lieutenant said.
The attacker followed the victim, an Alhambra man in his 40s, as he drove through South Pasadena and into Pasadena, Mercado said. The victim pulled over his car on Columbia Street.
Mercado said the gunman drove past the victim, made a U-turn, and opened fire as he passed the victim a second time. The victim’s car was struck three times, but he himself was uninjured.
Police said the victim tried to chase after his attacker’s fleeing car to get its license plate number but was unable to catch up.
The shooter was described only as a Latino man in his 40s driving a dark-colored, older-model sedan.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Authorities have identified four people fatally shot during what investigators described as a domestic dispute at a Rowland Heights home on New Year’s Eve.
Michael John Morey, 54, shot and killed his 54-year-old bedridden wife, Betty Jean Morey; his son’s 48-year-old girlfriend, Linda Patricia Merrell; and a 27-year-old house guest Ernesto Calzadilla of Rowland Heights before his son wrestled the handgun away from him, then fatally shot his father, according to Los Angeles County coroner and sheriff’s officials.
Michael Morey’s son, Christopher John Morey, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of the murder, Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. He was the lone survivor of the violence that unfolded just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the home in the 2200 block of Batson Avenue.
The Moreys, as well as Merrell, lived at the home, sheriff’s officials said. Calzadilla, a friend of Christopher Morey and Merrell, is survived by an 8-month-old daughter, according to his family.
Though the complex investigation remained in its early stages, Corina said the gunfire appeared to have been preceded by an argument over using the washing machine between Michael Morey and Merrell. Michael Morey was known to become agitated when drunk.
Neighbors and officials said the house was known for partying. It was littered with beer bottles following the shooting, and deputies reported responding to the home more than two-dozen times over the past three years for a variety of reasons.
Betty Morey was bedridden after suffering a stroke, Corina said.
Calzadilla’s brother, Wilfred Calzadilla, said Ernesto Calzadilla had expressed fear about the elderl Morey in the past, adding that he had a large collection of guns. A neighbor said Merrell has also expressed concerns about Michael Morey.
Christopher Morey remained jailed in lieu of $1 million bail Saturday pending a scheduled arraignment Monday in West Covina Superior Court.
Prosecutors will review the evidence to determine whether to file charges against Christopher Morey.
The potential case hinges on whether Michael Morey still posed a threat when his son shot him, Corina said.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Two people died and another two suffered injuries in a shooting in a residential neighborhood in Rowland Heights on New Year’s Eve, authorities said.
The shooting was first reported just after 8:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Batson Avenue, Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
Paramedics pronounced two people dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Reynold Dong said. Another two gunshot victims were treated for injuries.
A suspect was in custody, Schrader said. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect was among the wounded or dead.
No further details were available late Thursday as the investigation remained in its early stages.
SAN DIMAS >> A man shot and wounded another man in the parking lot of a San Dimas market late Wednesday, officials said.
The victim, described as a man in his 20s, suffered a gunshot wound to his leg in the 7 p.m. shooting outside Ranch Town Liquor & Deli, 1112 N. San Dimas Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
He was on foot in the parking lot when the attacker, who was sitting in a dark minivan or truck, said something to him, the lieutenant said.
The victim was unable to understand what the man told him, so he walked closer, Edwards said. The man again said something to the victim, which he could not understand, before jumping out of the vehicle and opening fire.
Edwards said the victim was struck in the leg and taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. A detailed description of the shooter was not available.
The motive in the attack remained unclear as the investigation continued Wednesday night.
LA PUENTE >> A man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg in a car-to-car shooting believed to have been motivated by road rage early Tuesday, authorities said.
A 21-year-old man was driving about 5:20 a.m. when the shooting took place along Amar Road at Del Valle Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Infante said.
The driver of another car — described only as a white vehicle with tinted windows — apparently became enraged over a traffic-related dispute, the lieutenant said.
“The victim heard multiple gunshots and felt a burning sensation,” the lieutenant said. He pulled over and discovered he had been shot in the upper leg.
A detailed suspect description was not available, as the victim ducked down once the shooting started, Infante said.
The wounded man was taken to a hospital with a wound not considered to be life-threatening, he said.