DUARTE — A man suffered two gunshot wounds but was expected to survive following an early-morning shooting in a residential neighborhood in Duarte Sunday, officials said.
Deputies responded to a report of gunshots about 2 a.m. when they found a 22-year-old man wounded in the 900 block of Lewiston Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Iganacio Somoano said.
The man was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena where he was being treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening, the lieutenant said.
Two men were seen in the area at the time of the shooting, however deputies were still investigating whether they were involved, Somoano said. No shooter description was available.
The motive in the shooting was unclear, however there was no indication the wounded man had gang ties, he added.
WHITTIER — A 19-year-old West Covina man died late Thursday following a shooting along Pickering Avenue, authorities said.
Vincent Provencio died at PIH Health Hospital in Whittier 20 minutes after the shooting, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Whittier Police Lt. Steven Dean said the station received a call at 9:56 p.m. of shots being fired in the 6200 block of Pickering Avenue.
“When officers arrived, they were told an argument ensued between two males,” Officer Bradley White said. “The 19-year-old was shot during the argument.”
Provencio suffered a single gunshot wound to his chest, White said. But he had already been taken to PIH Health Hospital in Whittier by a good Samaritan.
“A passer-by saw a wounded man, picked him up and rushed him to the hospital.” White said.
But despite the efforts of the good Samaritan and doctors, the wounded man succumbed to his injuries at 10:16 p.m., Winter said.
No suspect description was available Friday, White said, and it was not clear what the argument that preceded the shooting was about.
“Our investigators are out canvassing the area for witnesses,” White added.
Anyone with information was asked to call Whittier police at 562-567-9200.
NORWALK — A judge sentenced a Los Angeles man to 40 years to life in prison Thursday for the slaying of a West Covina man, who was shot to death and robbed along with his cousin and friend when the men went to buy a car in South Whittier nearly a decade ago.
A Norwalk Superior Court jury convicted Briall Lee, 31, in August of second-degree murder, as well as the special sentence-enhancing allegation that he used a gun in the crime, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s and court officials said. He received the sentence from Judge Robert Higa.
Lee was found guilty of the Jan. 27, 2004, slaying of 23-year-old Mario Larios.
Larios, his cousin Edgar Valles, 22, of La Puente, and their friend Fernando Pina, 25, of Mexico, were also gunned down during the robbery, which took place at the South Whittier home of Lee’s co-defendant, 39-year-old Cimarron Bell.
The victims were shot to death when they met with Lee and Bell to talk about a Chevrolet Monte Carlo they were offering for sale for $8,5000.
Bell was convicted of killing all three victims, as well as his girlfriend Ineka Edmondson, 22, of Compton in an unrelated slaying in La Habra in November of 2003. He was sentenced to death in August of 2011.
Quadruple murderer sentence to death (Cimarron Bell)
Briall Lee conviction
GLENDORA — Police arrested a husband and wife Sunday after a gun they had went off accidentally inside a Sam’s Club store, wounding the man in the forearm, officials said.
Robert Duncan, 48, and Helen Duncan were booked on suspicion of negligently discharging a firearm, Glendora police Sgt. Michael Henderson said. There city of residence was not immediately available.
The incident took place shortly before 1:30 p.m. just inside the entrance of the store, 1501 S. Lone Hill Ave., he said.
The man and woman were passing a bag between them which contained the gun, Henderson said. They dropped the bag, causing the gun inside to fire.
Henderson said Robert Duncan was struck in the forearm by the bullet. No one else was injured.
Officers found the man and women at San Dimas Community Hospital. He was treated for his injury and released from the hospital the same day.
In addition to negligently discharging a gun, the husband was also expected to face a charge of illegal weapon possession, Henderson said.
PASADENA — A parked car was struck by gunfire in an early-morning shooting Saturday, however injuries were reported, police said.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots about 1:50 a.m. in the area of Glen Avenue and Tremont Street about 1:50 a.m., Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. But officers found no victims and no signs of a shooting.
But a woman notified police about 9:30 a.m. after she discovered at least one bullet hole in her car, he said.
It was not believed the woman’s car was specifically targeted, the lieutenant said. “It doesn’t appear she’s the intended victim.”
No further details were available.
PASADENA — Pasadena police Sunday sought an Eagle Rock man accused of shooting as a car containing his 2-year-old son and the child’s mother Saturday afternoon near Robinson Park.
The woman, a 22-year-old Altadena resident, and the toddler were not injures in the shooting, though their car was struck by at least one bullet, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The mother, father and son became involved in an argument about 2 p.m. Saturday at the park when the woman drove away with the boy, the lieutenant said.
Police said the suspect followed the woman in his own vehicle and opened fire on the victims’ car on Hammond Street near Raymond Avenue before fleeing.
Officers initially responded to reports of shots fired in the area but found no signs of the shooting, Clawson said. Police learned of the incident about an hour later after the woman arrived home and reported it.
The alleged shooter’s identity was known to police, but withheld Sunday as they continued seeking him, Clawson added.
PASADENA — Police investigated a reported shooting in Northwest Pasadena Thursday afternoon but found no victims, officials said.
A witness reported seeing a man fire a handgun at a passing car about 4 p.m. in the 100 block of West Howard Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. The gunman then got into a dark-colored sedan and fled.
Officers found no people or objects that had been struck by gunfire, he said.
The shooter was described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, Clawson said.
Detectives were looking into the possibility an El Monte man accidentally shot his daughter Tuesday before intentionally shooting her girlfriend to death and committing suicide, officials said.
Harry Maldonado, 65, is believed to be the gunman who fatally shot his daughter, 32-year-old Evie Maldonado, and her girlfriend, 38-year-old Diana Amaya, about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday before turning the handgun on himself, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials.
The three, who lived together in a condominium in the 9900 block of Marshal Street, became involved in an argument inside the home’s garage when the shooting took place, Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
Detectives suspected the triple-fatal shooting may have started as an accident when Harry Maldonado brandished a semi-automatic handgun during an argument. The first person shot was his daughter.
“It could have been an accidental discharge,” Hernandez said. But then shots that rang out next were not believed to be accidental.
“He definitely intentionally shot (Amaya) and himself,” the lieutenant said.
It was unclear what the group was arguing about when the shooting occurred, he added.
Evie Maldonado and Amaya, who had been dating about 8 years, “had a tumultuous relationship.” Hernandez said.
A 21-year-old daughter of Amaya witnessed a great deal of the incident and was able to provide a description of what took place, Hernandez said.
Amaya’s daughter tried to intervene, striking Harry Maldonado with a broom stick, Amaya’s nephew, Eddie Ordonez said. He added he believed the gunman may have tried to shoot Amaya first, but missed, fatally wounding his daughter instead.
But with both the suspect and victims dead, Hernandez said exactly what unfolded on Marshall Street Tuesday night may never be known.
Friends said they were puzzled over how Harry Maldonado, who they described as calm and peaceful, could be responsible for the shooting. He was a former Marine who served two combat tours in Vietnam, Hernandez said.
Family members gathered at the Maldonado home Wednesday declined to comment.
Amaya is survived by four daughters and a son, Ordonez said.
“We’re taking it as a family really hard,” he said.
“If anyone ever knew Diana Amaya, they would know how special and one of kind she was,” Ordonez said in a written statement. “She would give the shirt off her back to help anyone in need and never ask for anything in return. Her laugh filled the room and was so contagious that everyone who heard couldn’t help but smile.”
“Her passing was too soon and she will forever be in the hearts of those who loved her,” the nephew said. “As a family, we stand together in this time of mourning and sorrow. We find strength and solace in the memories we have, and this will never be taken from us. Rest in Peace, Nana. We love and miss you.”
Donations to help with cost of Amaya’s services are being accepted online at www.gofundme.com/4uji0s.
PHOTO – Diane Amaya, 38, of El Monte, pictured with her five children. (Courtesy)
Trial was underway Thursday for a Whittier man and a West Covina man accused of the gang-related slaying of one man and the attempted murder of another along a set of railroad tracks in Santa Fe Springs in late 2009, officials said.
Erick Rodriguez, now-22, of Whittier and Jose Zapata, now-21, of Whittier are accused of the Dec. 8, 2009 killing of 18-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez of Corning, along with the non-fatal shooting of then-19-year-old Julio Serrano of Whittier, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Officials and court documents. Rodriguez, who was 17 at the time of the crime, is being tried as an adult.
Jury trial for the men began Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court with jury selection, which continued Thursday, court officials said.
In addition to the charges, the two defendants are accused of the special allegations that both men personally fired handguns in the crime, and that the shooting was gang-related.
The shooting took place about 12:20 a.m. along a secluded section of railroad tracks just west of the 8900 block of Dice road in Santa Fe Springs, Whittier police Officer Mike Dekowski said at the time.
Gonzalez died at the scene of the shooting, officials said. Serrano was found wounded nearby.
The following afternoon, investigators identified Rodriguez and Zapata as suspects in the shooting and arrested them in the 8600 block of Alburtis Avenue in an unincorporated county area just west of Whittier, police said.
According to county booking records, Rodriguez was being held without bail, while Zapata was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
PASADENA — A house with an elderly man sleeping inside was struck by bullets in an early-morning shooting Sunday, police said.
No injuries were reported in the 3 a.m. shooting in the 100 block of East Peoria Street. Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. The elderly resident was not even aware his home had been shot up until police notified him.
No suspect description was available, and the motive was unclear.