Two men wounded in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> A shooting in a residential neighborhood in northwest Pasadena left two men wounded late Saturday, police said.
Police received “numerous calls of shots fired” about 9:15 p.m. from the 1000 block of North Summit Avenue, just north of Mountain Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“Officers also heard the shots and responded based on hearing the shots,” he said.
Police found no victims or witnesses to the shooting, but recovered spent bullet casings at the shooting scene, the lieutenant said.
A local hospital contacted police a short time later and reported to men had been dropped off at the emergency room with gunshot wounds.
One of the victims, an Azusa man in his late-40s, suffered a gunshot wound to the back, Mercado said. The other victim, a Pasadena man in his early-20s, was shot in the hand.
A detailed suspect description was not available Sunday, nor were further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call 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, woman sought in Norwalk shooting


Deputies are seeking a woman who shot and wounded a man along Pioneer Boulevard in Norwalk early Saturday, officials said.
The shooting
Deputies were called at 12:42 a.m. to a shooting in the 14000 block of Pioneer Boulevard, just north of Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Fernandez said.
Paramedics took the victim, described only as a man, to a hospital where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, officials said. He was shot in the chest.
The shooter was described as a woman, Fernandez said.
The motive in the shooting was unclear Saturday. No further details were available as the investigation continued.
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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Car-to-car shooting reported in Pasadena


PASADENA >> An attacker in a car shot at another driver in Pasadena Friday, causing the victims to crash his car but not striking him with gunfire, police said.
The shooting too place just after 6 p.m. on Los Robles Avenue, between Mountain and Jackson streets, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A man in his 20s was driving, with a woman in her 20s riding as a passenger, when the attacker opened fire from another vehicle, initially described only as a sedan, the lieutenant said.
The man and woman were not struck by bullets, but the shooting caused him to lose control of his car, which side-swiped several parked cars, Carrillo said.
The driver was treated for minor injuries suffered in the crash, he added.
No further details were 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 and teen charged with murder in shooting at Santa Fe Springs park


SANTA FE SPRINGS >> A man and teen face murder charges in connection with the alleged gang-related slaying of a 23-year-old Commerce man at a Santa Fe Springs park last week, authorities announced Thursday.
Daniel Charles Esquer, 27, and Marcus Rene “Spunky” Garcia, 17, are each charged with murder for the April 5 fatal shooting of Anthony Palomares at Friendship Park, at Telegraph Road and Bartley Avenue, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials and county booking records. Garcia is being charged as an adult.
Whittier police officials described both suspects as transients with ties to Pico Rivera area.
The shooting took place about 6:30 p.m., Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Witnesses reported seeing two suspects approach the victim and soon thereafter, one suspect produced a handgun and shot the victim,” according to the statement.
Palomares died at a hospital the next day of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Police initially sought as many as three suspects witnesses reported seeing running from the scene.
Officers detained two men in the area and arrested them in connection with the shooting.
Cruz Bermudez, 27, of Santa Fe Springs and Adam Giavelli, 27, of Pico Rivera, were ultimately released without charges related to the shooting, booking records show. But police re-arrested Bermudez in connection with a different cases being held without bail.
Continued investigation led police to find and arrest Esquer on suspicion of murder April 7, police said. Investigators arrested Garcia Tuesday.
“The motive appears to be a disagreement between the suspects and the victim,” according to the police statement. “(The) victim and suspects knew each other prior to the shooting.”
Both suspects are charged with murder, along with the special allegations that the crime was gang-related, and that in involved a handgun, according to the felony complaint filed against them in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Esquer is accused of pulling the trigger.
he formal charges were filed Monday.
Esquer and Garcia both pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing Thursday. They are scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court April 26 for a preliminary hearing setting, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani 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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Teen wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A teenage boy suffered wounds late Wednesday in a shooting in a residential neighborhood in Norwalk, authorities said.
The gunfire was firs reported about 7:15 p.m. in the 12100 block of Hopland Street, Los Angeles Couny sheriff’s L. Robin Limon said.
The victim, believed to be 17 years old, suffered gunshot wounds to his back and was taken to a hospital for treatment, she said. An update on his condition was not available.
Deputies were working to sort out conflicting descriptions of the shooter and a getaway car Wednesday night, Limon said.
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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Officials: Gunman in South Whittier murder-suicide identified

SOUTH WHITTIER >> Coroner’s officials have released the identity of a 65-year-old South Whittier man investigators say shot his wife to death in South Whittier before turning a shotgun on himself Friday.
Walter Maholick was pronounced dead at the scene of the alleged murder-suicide, which was first discovered about 10:40 a.m. Friday at the home he shared with his wife in the 13500 block of Lanning Drive, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner records.
Authorities did not formally identify his wife Saturday pending notification of kin.
Deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Norwalk Station went to the home in the unincorporated county area of South Whittier after a close friend reported not seeing the couple in several days, Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
The friend provided deputies with a key, he said. They entered the home and discovered the bodies of Maholick and his wife.
Sheriff’s investigators determined Maholick killed his wife before taking his own life, officials said.
An autopsy was pending Saturday.

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Officials: Man and wife dead following South Whittier murder-suicide


SOUTH WHITTIER >> A man shot his wife to death before turning a shotgun on himself at the couple’s South Whittier home, authorities said Thursday.
The suspected murder-suicide was discovered about 10:30 a.m. Thursday at a house in on a cul-de-sac in the 13500 block of Lanning Drive, in the unincorporated county area of South Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
A close family friend called deputies to report the had not seen the couple that lives in the home for a few days, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. The friend gave deputies a key to the home.
“Deputies entered the location and found the husband laying on the bed, with a gunshot wound to the upper torso,” Rouzan said. “A shotgun was recovered near the husband’s body. The gunshot wound appears to be self-inflicted.”
The body of the man’s wife was also found inside the home, he said. “She also had a single gunshot wound to the upper torso.”
Investigators determined the man fatally shot his wife before killing himself, Rouzan said. It was unclear exactly when the shooting took place prior to the discovery of the grisly crime scene.
The identities of the man and woman were withheld pending notification of family, officials said.
“There is no additional information available at this time and the investigation is ongoing,” Rouzan said.
Officials at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station, which patrols South Whittier, deferred comment to their counterparts at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Anyone with information was 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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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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San Gabriel man accused in fatal shooting of man whose body was found in car trunk in Monterey Park

MONTEREY PARK >> Sheriff’s officials Friday announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a man whose body was discovered inside a parked car in Monterey Park last week.
Andy Chen, 37, of San Gabriel is accused of the murder of Min Gu, 30, whose body was discovered about 6 p.m. March 21 in the trunk of a Lexus left parked in the 200 block of South Lincoln Avenue, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
Investigators took Chen into custody about 4 p.m. Thursday, according to county booking records.
Sheriff’s officials announced the arrest in a written statement issued late Friday afternoon.
“Detectives believe the motive for the murder was a financial dispute,” Rouzan said.
No further details were released Friday.
The investigation began after witnesses reported a foul odor emitting from a a Lexus sedan, officials said.
Deputies soon discovered Gu’s body, which appeared to have been dead for at least a day or two when discovered.
An autopsy determined Gu was shot multiple times, and died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to sheriff’s and coroner’s officials. Gu’s city of residence was unclear.
Chen was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending a scheduled arraignment Monday in the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Alhambra branch.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is assisting Monterey Park police in the investigation.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s homicide detectives at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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