Man fatally shot in Montebello

The Los Angeles County Coroner has identified a man fatally shot Tuesday in Montebello, coroner officials said.
Frank Burnell Taylor, 35, was shot once in the chest in the 500 block of Maple Street, Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. He died at the scene.
Winter did not have a residence for Taylor.
Montebello Police officers found Taylor laying in the street around 7:15 p.m., officials said.
“Upon investigation it appeared that the victim was a pedestrian walking in the area,” Lt. Andy Vuncanon said.
Vuncanon said a suspect pulled up near the man and exited his vehicle.
“(He) approached the victim and produced a handgun and fired a shot at the victim which struck him in the chest,” Vuncanon said. “The suspect walked back to his car, got in, fled, and is outstanding.”
Police have not determined if both the victim and suspect were alone during the shooting, Vuncanon said. A motive has not been determined.
The suspect is described as a Latino male in his late 20s, 6-feet, 180 pounds, clean shaven with short black hair, and wearing a white T-shirt.
He was seen driving a silver small-sized pickup truck. The model is unknown.
Witnesses are asked to call Montebello Police investigators at 323-887-1248.

- Venusse Navid

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Man wounded in Hacienda Heights car-to-car shooting

HACIENDA HEIGHTS — A man was wounded but expected to survive following a car-to-car shooting in Hacienda Heights Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The victim, a 21-year-old man, was stopped at a red light on Lujon Street at Hacienda Boulevard in a 2004 Audi when the attacker pulled up in an older-model, white pickup truck, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Thurlo said.
“(The shooter) pulled up next to him on he right side and fired into the victim’s vehicle, striking him once in the upper right shoulder,” Thurlo said. A rifle was believed to have been used in the shooting.
Thurlo said the wounded man drove north a short distance to Hacienda Boulevard and Gale Avenue, where deputies encountered him.
Officials initially described the shooter only as male. He was last seen driving south on Hacienda Boulevard from the shooting scene. The motive in the shooting was not clear.

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Gang member sentenced for shotgun slaying of Covina man

0628_NWS_SGT-L-NAVARETTEA judge sentenced a gang member to 80 years to life in prison this week for the shotgun slaying of a Covina man in October of 2012.
Fred Navarette, 31, of Covina was on a mission to gun down rival gang members when he came upon a group of five people gathered on a sidewalk in the 300 block of North Vecino Avenue in Covina about 3:30 a.m. on October 28, 2012, according to investigators and prosecutors.
Navarette was armed with a shotgun and driving a pickup truck he had stolen earlier in the day, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Robert Serna said.
“He went into a known gang area with the shotgun and the stolen truck, pulled up to a group of people on the sidewalk, racked the shotgun, yelled out, ‘West Covina,’ and fired one shot at the group,” Serna said.
The shotgun blast fatally wounded Thomas Fernandez, the 23-year-old father of a then-22-month-old son who lived nearby, officials said. Fernandez ran into the carport area of an apartment complex a block to the south where he collapsed and died. No one else in the group was wounded.
Navarette received a term of 80 years to life in state prison Wednesday in the courtroom of Pomona Superior Court Judge Bruce Marrs, officials said.
A jury convicted him earlier this month of murder, along with the special allegations that the killing was gang-related and that Navarette personally used a firearm in the slaying, Serna said. He was also convicted of auto theft, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a short-barrelled shotgun.
The conviction comes as Navarette’s second strike, as he has a prior conviction for assault with intent to cause great bodily injury, also with the special allegation that the crime was gang-related, Serna said.
Covina police arrested Navarette two days after the fatal shooting, Marquez said.
He was first charged only with auto theft as detectives continues gathering evidence, police said. Prosecutors charged Navaratte with Fernandez’s murder in March of 2013,
A passenger who was in the pickup truck with Navarette at the time of the shooting testified against him, and Navarette’s DNA was found on the shotgun used in the shooting, as well as the driver-side of the pickup truck used in the killing, Serna said.
Officials described Navarette as member of the West Covina 13 street gang.
During his trial, he grew hair over tattoos on his head, including a set of horns, Serna said.
Authorities described Fernandez and as an affiliate of the El Monte Flores gang.
His girlfriend, Jessica Martinez, said at the time of the shooting that although Fernandez had associated with the gang in the past and had friends who were involved with it, Fernandez was not a gang member.
Martinez described Fernandez as a good father and a kind man who loved music and dreamed of becoming a rapper.
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TOP: Fred Navarette, 31, of Covina, was sentenced to 80 years to life in prison Wednesday, June 25, 2014, for the Oct. 28, 2012, shotgun slaying of Thomas Fernandez, 23, of Covina, in the 300 block of North Vecino Avenue in Covina. (Courtesy of the Covina Police Department)
BELOW: Mourners gather at the scene where 23-year-old Thomas Fernandez of Covina died after being wounded in a shooting on October 28, 2012. Fred Navarette, 31, of Covina, has since been convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the killing and sentenced to 80 years to life in prison.
(Staff photo by Brian Day)

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Man critically wounded in shooting at his Whittier home, suspect sought

A Whittier man remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after he was shot inside his home Tuesday morning, officials said.
The shooting took place about 9:40 a.m. at the victim’s home in the 13300 block of Oval Drive, Whittier police Sgt. James Uhl said.
A 26-year-old resident of the home was shot in the chest and the abdomen, Lt. Aaron Ruiz said.
Police officers were already en route to a report of an “altercation” between two men when the shooting occurred, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“During the altercation and prior to the officer’s arrival, shots were fired and the victim was struck multiple times,” according to the police department statement.
Paramedics took the man to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, officials said.
No description of the shooter was available, Uhl said, and detectives had not yet been able to interview the wounded man due to his medical condition.
Investigators were looking into whether the gunman barged into the home, or had been invited prior to the violent dispute.
“We don’t know how he got in,” the sergeant said. “There’s no evidence of forced entry.”
There were others in the home with the victim at the time of the shooting, however none were injured, officials said.
A motive in the shooting not clear, nor was whether the shooter and victim knew one another prior to Tuesday.
“At this time, it has not been determined what started the altercation; however it appears that this is an isolated incident,” the police statement said.

- Venusse Navid and Brian Day

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UPDATED: Elderly man found fatally shot on front porch in Pico Rivera; circumstances unclear

PICO RIVERA >> An elderly man was found fatally shot on the front porch of a Pico Rivera home Friday afternoon, and deputies cordoned off a neighborhood as they investigated whether the death was the result of suicide or a crime.
The shooting was first reported about 2 p.m. in the 3300 block of Whispering Palms, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jacqueline Sanchez said.
The dead person was initially described as man in his late-70s or early-80s, Lt. Alex Villanueva said. Officials were still looking into whether he lived there.
According to initial reports broadcasted via radio by responding deputies, the person was found sitting in a chair on the front porch with a gunshot wound, and a gun was found with him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
But deputies also noted several bullet holes in the front windows and door of the home, rousing their suspicions.
Officials evacuated adjacent homes, summoned detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and were treating the home as a potential crime scene as the investigation continued Friday afternoon, officials said.
Deputies canvassed the neighborhood asking neighbors if they had heard or seen anything unusual as they prepared to look inside the home where the shooting occurred, Villanueva said.
Deputies were yet to enter the home where the shooting occurred Friday afternoon.
No further details were available.

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UPDATED: Officials: Off-duty cop accidentally shoots self in the leg in La Mirada

LA MIRADA — An off-duty law enforcement officer was hospitalized Sunday after accidentally shooting himself in the leg, authorities said.
The incident took place shortly after 1:30 p.m. as the man was driving his car on Valley View Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Beggs said.
The injured man, an off-duty law enforcement officer in his 20s, was stopped at a red light at Rosecrans Ave., when the accidental discharge took place, Lt. Kevin Beggs said.
He was moving the handgun from one place to another within the vehicle when it went off, striking him in the leg, the lieutenant said. The off-duty officer was expected to be OK.
The investigation was being handled by detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
Beggs declined to say what law enforcement agency the off-duty officer worked for, deferring further inquiries to homicide bureau detectives.

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Man fatally shot while driving in Montebello identified

Coroner’s officials have released the name of a Perris man who was shot to death while driving through Montebello last week.
Justin Scott Verano, 38, died at the scene of Wednesday’s 4:40 p.m. shooting on Sycamore Street, near Montebello Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corral said.
He was driving west on Sycamore Street when he was shot by an unknown assailant near Cedar Street, Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
His car continued for about three blocks before crashing into a stop sign and a utility pole at Spruce Street, where it came to rest, the Hernandez said.
An autopsy determined Verano died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the death was ruled a homicide, Corral said.
A second vehicle was seen in the area at the time of the shooting, however detectives were looking into whether it was related to the shooting. A description of the vehicle was not 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 suffers graze wound to head in shooting near Duarte

A man suffered grazing wound to the side of his head late Saturday in a shooting in a residential neighborhood between Duarte and Monrovia, officials said.
Deputies responded about 11 p.m. to reports of three to four gunshots heard in the area of Broderick Avenue and Beckville Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Liu said.
They found the victim, described as a local man in his mid-40s, suffering from a grazing gunshot wound to the side of his head, Liu said. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
The circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation, he said, and no suspect description was available. Detectives were yet to fully interview the injured man due to his medical condition.

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UPDATED: Man wounded in Rosemead car-to-car shooting

A man was rushed into surgery Friday afternoon after he was wounded in a car-to-car shooting at a Rosemead intersection, officials said.
The shooting took place about 12:40 p.m. on westbound Graves Avenue at Del Mar avenues, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“The victim was stopped at the corner of Graves and Del Mar,” sheriff’s Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
The attacker or attackers pulled up alongside the victim, he said.
“There’s some words exchanged. W don’t know what words were exchanged,” Chavez said. “Multiple gunshots are fired at the victim’s car.”
Chavez said the victim, a 29-year-old Rosemead man, suffered a single gunshot wound to his torso and drove south on Del Mar for a short distance before crashing his car into a brick wall surrounding a liquor store, Chavez said.
Paramedics took the man to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery, Chavez said.
A motive in the shooting was unknown, he said. Because of the wounded man’s medical condition, “We haven’t been able to talk to the victim.”
Investigators initially described the shooter as a Latino man wearing a dark-colored baseball cap and driving a dark sedan that made a U-turn and headed east on Graves Avenue following the shooting.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Temple Station are handling the investigation.

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Detecive: Fatal Covina mobile home park shooting believed to be self-defense

A man fatally shot at a mobile home park in unincorporated Covina last week was trying to rob the resident and had shocked him with a Taser when the resident fired a gun in self defense, authorities said.
Richard Alan Wurtz, 37, died at the scene of the shooting, which took shortly after 11 a.m. at the Royal Palms Mobile Homes Park, 21210 E. Arrow Highway, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials.
He died from multiple gunshot wounds, and the death was ruled a homicide, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Deputies responding to the first reports of a shooting found Wurtz fatally wounded outside a mobile home and detained a man who was leaving, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. Though his name was not released by detectives, neighbors and county booking records identified the man detained by deputies as Steven McCabe, a 31-year-old resident of the mobile home where the shooting took place.
The fatal shooting stemmed from “a dispute over property,” Lt. David Coleman of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
Wurtz was acquainted with the resident, and had gone to his mobile home to collect property per a previous agreement, Coleman said. He declined to say what the property was.
“Wurtz came to collect some property that our victim was holding,” Coleman said. But after obtaining the agreed upon property, “(He) wanted more,” the lieutenant said.
Wurtz then tried to rob McCabe, officials said.
“He Tasered our victim,” Coleman said. “The resident fired in self-defense.”
The investigation was ongoing, he said, and detectives planned to present their findings to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
A second person was also detained for questioning near the shooting scene. Detectives eventually determined he was a roommate of the shooter who had no involvement in the incident.
But McCabe was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of a weapons violation unrelated to the fatal shooting, according to sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
He had returned to the scene of the shooting to collect property, prompting someone at the mobile home park to call deputies, Lt. David Vega of the sheriff’s San Dimas Station said.
Deputies responded to keep the peace, and discovered that McCabe had a loaded handgun in his car, Vega said. He was arrested on suspicion of keeping a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
McCabe was released from custody pending a court date Wednesday after posting $35,000, according to booking records.
A phone number listed in connection with McCabe in public records was disconnected.

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