Officials to canvass Irwindale neighborhood in search of clues in fatal shooting

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IRWINDALE >> Deputies plan to canvass a stretch of Foothill Boulevard early Monday in search of witnesses or anyone who may have information to help solve the mysterious slaying of a Duarte man found shot to death in his bullet-riddled car nearly a month ago.
Martin Diaz, 48,  was found fatally shot about 5:40 p.m. Nov. 25 in his car, which was stopped in the 15900 block of Foothill Boulevard, just west of Irwindale Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner officials said. The shooting is believed to have occurred between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., as Diaz was on his way to work at an Azusa sprinkler company.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting, the motive or a suspect description have been released.
In hopes of generating new leads, “Deputies and officers will be contacting drivers (and) passengers in an effort to obtain information from possible witnesses who may have seen anything related to the murder of 48-year-old Martin Diaz,” according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are assisting Irwindale police in the investigation.
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 888-222-8477.

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PHOTO of Martin Diaz courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Crime scene photo by Walt Mancini.

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UPDATED: Woman shot during Pasadena vigil for homicide victim


PASADENA >> A woman was wounded but expected to survive after gunfire erupted Saturday night at a Pasadena vigil for a man shot to death the night before, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 11:15 p.m. in the 100 block of West Claremont Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A large group had gathered to memorialize Robert Arthur Calderon, 27, of Altadena, who was gunned down Friday night less than two miles away in the 600 block of North Mentor Avenue, officials said.
An attacker opened fire, striking a woman in the arm and abdomen, Mercado said. The woman, a Pasadena resident in her mid-20s, was hospitalized in stable condition.
Bullet casings recovered at the scene indicate at lease one additional person returned fire, Mercado said.
It was unclear whether the gunman targeted a particular person in the group, or the group as a whole, the lieutenant said.
Witnesses did not cooperate with police to provide information about the shooting, Mercado said. No detailed suspect description was available.
Calderon’s fatal shooting late Friday also remained shrouded in mystery Sunday, and no suspects were in custody.
Police responded to numerous reports of gunfire before finding Calderon lying on the roadside, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He died at the scene.
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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Altadena man fatally shot in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A shooting in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena late Friday left an Altadena man dead, authorities said.
Robert Arthur Calderon, 27, died in the 10:45 p.m. shooting in the 600 block of North Mentor Avenue, Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
Police received several call reporting “shots fired” before discovering Calderon lying wounded on a grass parkway along the sidewalk, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado. The victim had been shot several times.
No suspects were in custody, and no further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were released Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police Lt. Terysa Rojas at 626-744-4517, or the on-duty watch commander at 626-744-4620. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Suspect charged with 1988 Pasadena cold case slaying

PASADENA >> Prosecutors filed a murder charge Wednesday against a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a 39-year-old man in Pasadena more than 27 years ago, authorities said.
A U.S. Marshals task force arrested Albert Ahmad Clark, 53, on Monday at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of the Feb. 27, 1988, shooting death of Leroy Galloway, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Previously labeled a “cold case,” advances in forensic technology, along with tenacity of family members of Galloway who have never given up the pursuit of justice for him, led to recent, new developments in the case.
Police initially arrested Clark shortly after the shooting at Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard.
“Due to the limitations of forensic science at the time, there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Albert Clark for homicide and he was released without any charges in February of 1989,” according to the police statement.
But family members of the victim approached detectives in 2013 and asked them to take a fresh look at the case, police said.
“An extensive examination of the case file by Pasadena Police Homicide Detectives identified items of evidence that were suitable for modern forensic analysis. The ultimate test results by the Los Angeles County Crime Lab implicated Albert Clark in the crime.”
Prosecutors filed a murder charge against Clark Wednesday, along with the special allegation that he personally used a gun in the crime, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
He said Clark’s arraignment was continued to Dec. 23 at Pasadena Superior Court.
Clark was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, police added.
A motive or other further details regarding the 1988 slaying were not available Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

  • Staff writer Ruby Gonzales contributed to this report.
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Man killed in San Gabriel shooting; suspect sought


SAN GABRIEL >> A man died Sunday after he was shot in a residential neighborhood in San Gabriel, authorities said.
The shooting was first reported about 7:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of South Brighton Street, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, she said.
The shooter, described only as a man, was last seen running east, according to Deputy Trina Schrader,
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are assisting the San Gabriel Police Department in the investigation.
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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Bystander wounded in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> A man described by police as an innocent bystander was recovering at a hospital Sunday after being wounded by gunfire intended for someone else, officials said.
The shooting took place about 8:10 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard, near Summit Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado.
Police received several calls reporting gunshots in the area before discovering the victim, a Pasadena man in his 50s, lying wounded on the sidewalk lining the south side of Orange Grove Boulevard, he said. The wounded man was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and listed in stable condition.
“The investigation revealed that the victim was not the intended target of the shooting,” Mercado said. “Two to three other men were likely the intended targets.”
The suspected intended victims of the shooting were not found, Mercado said. But officers recovered 9mm bullet casings at the scene.
“The reason for shooting unknown at this time,” Mercado added.

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Victim of Irwindale shooting identified as Duarte man


IRWINDALE >> Coroner’s officials have released the identity of a Duarte man found dead inside a bullet-riddled car along Foothill Boulevard in Irwindale Wednesday morning.
Martin Diaz, 48, was found fatally shot about 5:40 a.m. in the 15900 block of Foothill Boulevard, Los Angeles Count Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials said.
He was believed to have been driving east on Foothill Boulevard when he was shot by an unknown assailant, who remains at large, Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. But it was unclear exactly what time the shooting took place.
No further information regarding the circumstances or motive in the shooting were available.
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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Man expected to survive after Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A man shot another man multiple times during an argument between the two men in a Norwalk neighborhood Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The shooter remained at large following the 1 p.m. shooting along Liggett Street, just east of Studebaker Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
Few details were available as the victim, a 21-year-old man, refused to cooperate with investigators, the lieutenant said.
He got into an argument with another man before the suspect pulled a gun and shot the victim in the chest, abdomen and legs, Smitson said. Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
A detailed suspect description was not available, officials said. A dark-colored sedan seen driving away from the area may have been involved.

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Man arrives at West Covina hospital with gunshot wound

WEST COVINA >> A man showed up at a West Covina hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg early Sunday, but refused to tell police when and where he had been shot, authorities said.
Police were notified about 1 a.m. that a wounded man had arrived at Citrus Valley Health Partners – Queen of the Valley Campus, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, would only tell investigators he was shot while walking to a party, the lieutenant said. He refused to say when or where it occurred.
Police were looking into the possibility the shooting was related to another shooting reported late Saturday at a West Valinda house party that left a teenager dead and a man wounded, Patton said.
No concrete link between the two incidents had been established Sunday afternoon as the investigation continued.

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Teens wounded in car-to-car road rage shooting on Whittier Boulevard in Pico Rivera


PICO RIVERA >> Road rage sparked a car-to-car shooting in Pico Rivera late Saturday, leaving one teen wounded in the face and another in the leg, authorities said.
The gunfire erupted about 11:30 p.m. along eastbound Whittier Boulevard, just west of the 605 Freeway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Harvey Crosthwaite said.
The victims, described as three men in their late-teens, passed a slower moving car, the lieutenant said.
Crosthwaite said the maneuver apparently angered the occupants of the other car, who made hand gestures before opening fire on the victims’ car. It was unclear whether the gestures were gang-related.
A bullet passed through a window and headrest of the victims’ car, ultimately striking the driver in the jaw, Crosthwaite said. A rear passenger in the car suffered a grazing wound to his leg, while a third passenger in the car was unhurt.
Following the shooting, the victims pulled into a gas station at Whittier Boulevard and the 605 Freeway, along the border between Pico Rivera and Whittier, to seek help, officials said. Both wounded men were hospitalized in stable condition.
Deputies described the suspects as a man in his late-20s or early-30s, who was driving the dark-colored sedan, and a woman with black hair, who was riding as a passenger.

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