Police: Ex-con accidentally shoots self, waitress inside Pasadena Denny’s


PASADENA >> An ex-con shot and wounded himself, and grazed a waitress with a bullet, when a gun he was carrying went off accidentally inside a Pasadena Denny’s restaurant on Saturday night, police said.
The incident unfolded about 10:10 p.m. at the diner, 2627 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“We responded to a call of ‘shots fired’ at the location,” the lieutenant said. “(The suspect) was in one of the booths and a gun discharged on his person somewhere.”
A bullet struck the man in the hand and leg, and also grazed a waitress, Clawson said.
The waitress, 36, suffered a minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene, he said. The gunman fled the restaurant before police arrived.
But police said they soon found the suspect’s car in the parking lot of a nearby hospital.
The suspect, a 32-year-old man, was inside being treated for his wounds, Clawson said. He was listed in stable condition.
Police determined he was a convicted felon, barred from possessing a firearm, he said. Officers recovered a revolver from his car.
Deandre Stringfellow, 32, of Pasadena was expected to face a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm once released from the hospital, officials said.

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Man shot to death in Hacienda Heights


HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Homicide detectives are seeking clues in the slaying of a man found shot to death inside a car in Hacienda Heights on Saturday morning, authorities said.
The deadly shooting was first reported about 8:10 a.m. in a shopping center parking lot in the 15800 block of Gale Avenue, just east of Hacienda Boulevard, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Someone called 911 to report a “person not breathing,” she said in a written statement.
“When deputies arrived, they found the victim seated in the driver seat of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso,” Navarro-Suarez said.
Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
His identity was not available pending positive identification and notification of his family, coroner’s officials said.
No suspect description was available, nor were further details regarding the circumstances or of the shooting.
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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UPDATED: Altadena man fatally shot in suspected hunting accident in Maryland

MARYLAND >> A 32-year-old Altadena man died over the weekend after being shot in a suspected hunting accident in Maryland, authorities said.
Vincent Cavallo died at the scene of the shooting, which took place about just before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday on a private piece of land in the Thurmont area, near Camp David, Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thompson said.
An autopsy was yet to be completed by coroner’s officials, but the initial investigation indicated Cavallo accidentally shot himself in the head with a .30-06 hunting rifle, she said.
It appeared he either tripped or dropped his rifle when the firearm discharged and struck him in the head, Thomson said.
He was on his first hunting trip with his uncle when the fatal mishap occurred, she said.
The two men had been separated for about half an hour as they searched for deer when the uncle heard a shot ring out, according to Thompson. The uncle initially thought his nephew had taken a shot at a deer.
But when the man sought out his nephew, he found him lying mortally wounded.
“It was his first hunt. He was excited,” Thompson said of Cavallo.
He had recently completed a hunter safety course in California, which his uncle insisted upon before taking him on the trip.
But “to all indications,” Cavallo was carrying the loaded rifle with the safety off, she said. Use of the rifle’s safety likely could have prevented the incident.
The suspected accidental discharge was not the only one reported Saturday, Thompson said. Another hunter suffered a gunshot wound to his leg in a similar incident.
Saturday marked the first day of Maryland’s two-week, modern firearms deer hunting season.

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Car struck by bullets in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> Police investigating reports of gunfire in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena early Sunday found a car that had been struck by bullets, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 12:05 a.m. in the 600 block of Palisade Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Officers found a parked car with bullet holes in it, but no injured people, he said.
No witnesses to the shooting came forward, and no suspect description was available.

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Man shot to death at Norwalk skate park


NORWALK >> A man died in a Saturday night after an argument escalated into a shooting at a Norwalk skate park, authorities said.
The shooting was reported about 8 p.m. at a skate park within Norwalk Park, in the 12200 block of Sproul Street, Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
“Detectives have learned during their investigation that witnesses saw the victim at a skate park with several other people when the victim became involved in an argument with another male,” Jansen said in a written statement. “During the argument, the unknown male suspect produced a handgun and shot the victim multiple times in the torso.”
Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
His identity was withheld pending notification of family members, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Rudy Molano said.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were available Sunday, and no suspect description was released.
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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Shots fired in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police found no victims or suspects after gunfire erupted in a Pasadena neighborhood early Saturday morning, officials said.
Officers received reports about 12:53 a.m. of gunshots heard in the area of Mountain Street and El Molino Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“A systematic search revealed ballistic evidence in the 800 block of North Madison Avenue,” he said.
But no gunshot victims were found at the scene, and none turned up at area hospitals.
No eye witnesses could be found, and no description of the shooter was available.

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UPDATED: Man wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A man arrived at a hospital after being shot in Norwalk on Friday afternoon, officials said.
The 30-year-old victim showed up at an emergency room about 5:30 p.m. following the shooting, which was believed to have taken place in the area of Rosecrans Avenue and Studebaker Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was expected to survive, she said.
Further details were not immediately available, as the wounded man did not appear to be cooperating with deputies. He only told investigators he was shot by another man.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man wounded in shooting near Monrovia


A man turned up at an emergency room after being shot in an unincorporated county area between Monrovia and Duarte late Wednesday.
The shooting was first reported about 7:20 p.m. at Flagstone Avenue and Maydee Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ronald Daily said.
No victim was initially found at the scene, but a man soon arrived at a local emergency room with a gunshot wound to his arm, officials said.
He had been with two other men when the group was fired upon by three other men in a white sedan, armed with a handgun, Daily said.
No further details were available as the investigation continued.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Police officer comes under fire in Baldwin Park


BALDWIN PARK >> A Baldwin Park police officer escaped injury after a bullet shattered the rear windshield of his patrol car along Baldwin Park Boulevard late Wednesday, authorities said.
The attack took place about 8:45 p.m. in a parking lot just west of a Burger King restaurant at Baldwin Park and Ramona boulevards.
A lone officer had just finished a traffic stop and was pulling through the parking lot when a single bullet shattered the rear window of his patrol car, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Joseph Meister said. The officer was not hurt.
Police believed the shot was fired from south of the parking lot, but it was unclear where the gunfire came from, Meister said.
Officers cordoned off the area and searched for nearly four hours, but no suspects were found, he said.
No description was available, and the motive in the shooting was unclear.
Anyone with information can reach the Baldwin Park Police Department at 626-960-1955. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Man found fatally shot in car in Uptown Whittier


WHITTIER >> A man was found shot to death behind the steering wheel of a car in Uptown Whittier on Sunday morning, authorities said.
Someone called police just before 9 a.m. to report seeing an unconscious man slumped in the driver seat of a black Lexus sedan parked in the 6300 block of Pickering Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
The car was parked inside a residential garage, with the garage door open, the lieutenant said.
Paramedics pronounced the victim, estimated to be 40 years old, dead at the scene, he said. It appeared he had been shot, and the death was being investigated as a homicide.
No information regarding the circumstances of the shooting was available as the investigation remained in its early stages, the lieutenant said. No suspects were in custody, and no description was known.
Ellis said investigators suspected that the shooting took place several hours before the victim’s body was discovered. Police received calls reporting gunshots earlier in the morning in the same general area, but responding officers found no evidence of a shooting.
It was not clear whether the reports of gunfire were related to the fatal shooting.
Anyone with information can reach the Whittier Police Department at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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