Shot fired during West Covina robbery; 1 suspect in custody, 1 sought

WEST COVINA >> Police arrested a woman and sought a man after they shot at, but missed, a man during a robbery on a walking path in West Covina early Sunday, authorities said.
The crime took place just after 7:15 a.m. on a walkway behind the 1700 block of Glenridge Circle Drive, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
A woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s approached the victim and demanded his belongings, the lieutenant said. The woman brandished a semi-automatic handgun.
At some point during the robbery, the woman fired a shot at the victim, but did not strike him, Patton said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, turned over his backpack to the robbers, who then ran northwest, toward Temple Avenue and Amar Road.
Police began searching the area and soon found a woman matching the description of the female robber, Patton said.
She was found to be in possession of a gun, as well as some of the victim’s property, he said.
Her male accomplice remained at large Sunday.
Police withheld the female suspect’s name as they continued searching for the second robber. She was booked on suspicion of robbery and attempted murder.
Anyone with information can reach West Covina police at 626-939-8500, or the department’s 24-hour voicemail tip line at 626-939-8668.

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Car struck by gunfire in Pasadena shooting

PASADENA >> An unknown shooter riddled a car with bullets but injured no one in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena late Tuesday, officials said.
Officers responded to multiple reports of “shots fired” just after 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Worcester Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
They found a car had been struck numerous times by gunfire as it sat parked in a residential driveway, the lieutenant said. The car’s owner, a 38-year-old man, was asleep inside the home at the time of the shooting.
No suspect description was available, and the motive for the shooting was unclear, Luna said.

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Trials for two separate Christmas Day slayings in Pasadena near end

PASADENA >> Two separate homicide cases stemming from a single tragic Christmas Day in Pasadena that left three innocent bystanders dead in 2012 are nearing conclusion.
Trial is ongoing in Los Angeles Superior Court for two gang members accused of fatally shooting 49-year-old civilian sheriff’s employee and community youth coach AR-150739946Victor McClinton. And another man is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Pasadena Superior Court for crashing into a minivan while fleeing police, killing two members of a family visiting the area for the holidays.
In the McClinton case, prosecutors allege Bloods gang members Larry Darnell Bishop, 23, of Chino and Jerron Donald Harris, 28, of Pasadena, gunned down Victor McClinton of Pasadena with an errant bullet intended for a rival gang member on Christmas morning, 2012.
Their ongoing trial for murder with special circumstances, along with additional charges, continues Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
It is the second trial for the two suspects. A previous trial ended with a hung jury last July, and the presiding judge declared a mistrial.
Jurors deadlocked 9-3 in favor of convicting Bishop, and 7-5 in favor of acquitting Harris, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said at the time.
Though the special circumstance allegation of murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang makes the two defendants eligible for capital punishment if convicted, prosecutors are seeking life imprisonment in the case, officials said.
“They’re not seeking the death penalty,” Risling said.
McClinton was walking with a friend and carrying a Christmas gift about 11 a.m. in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue when Bishop and Harris both opened fire on a rival gang member nearby, police and prosecutors allege. The intended target was wounded, but a stray bullet struck and killed McClinton.
The father of two, who founded the nonprofit Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League in Pasadena, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
In Los Angeles Superior Court, a man convicted of manslaughter and other crimes for the deaths of a Glendale woman and Daly City boy after running a red light and slamming into their family’s minivan on Christmas evening, 2012, while fleeing from FBI and police officials in Pasadena is also due in court Monday for sentencing.
A Pasadena Superior Court jury in November convicted Darrell Williams, 25, of Pasadena of the voluntary manslaughter of 25-year-old Tracey Ong Tan and her 11-year-old cousin, Kendrick Ng, as well as five counts of assault with a deadly weapon in November for the crash, which took place about 8 p.m. at Marengo Avenue and Maple Street.
Ong and Ng died at the
Ng’s parents and his sister, who were also in the minivan, suffered serious injuries.
The family was visiting the area for the holidays when their minivan was struck by an SUV driven by Williams as he led an FBI agent and Pasadena police officer on a chase.
The chase started when police and FBI officials, who were working gang suppression in the wake of McClinton’s shooting earlier in the day, tried to stop the SUV, but Williams fled instead. He is not suspected in the McClinton slaying.
William’s girlfriend and passenger in the fleeing SUV, 23-year-old Brittany Washington of Los Angeles, pleaded no contest in early 2014 to charged of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and received a two-year jail sentence, according to district attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.
Williams faces up to 150 years in prison.

PHOTO: Candles in front of a photograph of Victor J. McClinton, is posted during a Candlelight Memorial in Remembrance of Victor J. McClinton, on the steps of Pasadena City Hall in Pasadena, Thursday, December 27, 2012. On Christmas Day, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employee and youth sport volunteer, Victor J. McClinton was shot and killed, when he was caught in the cross fire between two gang members. (Correspondent Photo by James Carbone) 

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Police: Whittier man arrested following shotgun attack on neighbor

WHITTIER >> Police jailed a Whittier man Sunday after he opened fire on a neighbor with a shotgun, but missed, in Uptown Whittier, officials said.
Jose Manuel Luevano, 23, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the 8:20 a.m. incident in the 6700 block of Painter Avenue, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was sitting in a car when Lueveano approached while brandishing a shotgun, police said.
“The suspect pointed the shotgun at the victim and fired once,” according to the police statement. “The victim was not hit and the suspect ran from the location.”
The load of shot from the shotgun struck a building behind the victim, Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
Police searched the area but did not find the shooter.
But further investigation led police to find the suspect about five hours later, on foot in the area of Rosecrans Avenue and La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, where officers took him into custody without a struggle, authorities said.
“A search warrant was served at his residence and a weapon was located,” the statement said.
The gun recovered at Luevano’s home was similar to the one used in the shooting, though police were yet to determine if it was one and the same, Ellis said.
The suspect and victim were acquainted with one another, however, no words were exchanged prior to the gunfire, the lieutenant said. The motive for the shooting was unknown.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Luevano was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Young man wounded in Whittier drive-by shooting

WHITTIER >> A drive-by shooting in Whittier left a young man wounded Friday afternoon, officials said.
Police first responded at 6:57 p.m. to reports of gunfire and a “person down” along Laurel Avenue, between Lambert Road and Dunton Drive, Whittier police Cpl. Tim Jakcsy said.
Officers found a young man who had been shot once in the abdomen, the corporal said.
He was taken to a hospital. “He appears to be stable at this point,” Jakcsy said.
No suspect description was available.
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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UPDATED: Monterey Park attempted murder suspect wounded in gun battle with police officer in East L.A.

EAST LOS ANGELES >> Monterey Park police shot and wounded an attempted murder suspect during a gunfight in an East Los Angeles Wednesday, authorities said.
Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin said officers located the suspect and the shooting occurred about 9:25 a.m. in the area of Woods Avenue and Escuela Street.
The suspect, a 34-year-old Monterey Park man, suffered a single gunshot wound to his torso and was expected to survive his wounds, according to Lt. John Corina of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, which is spearheading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. He’s also suspected of shooting and wounding an active duty U.S. Marine outside a Monterey Park convenience store earlier in the week. His name was not available late Wednesday as he remained hospitalized.
OIS2No officers were hurt, but an officer’s patrol car was struck by gunfire, officials said.
Capt. Steve Katz of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Monterey park officers were following up on the previous shooting when the shooting took place.
“There were involved in identifying and tracking down a violent criminal who had committed an attempted murder in their city,” Katz said.
A Monterey Park officer spotted the suspect riding a bike in the area of 4th Street and Woods Avenue, Corina said. The suspect pulled a handgun and began shooting at the officer.
The officer did not initially return fire for fear of collateral damage in a nearby residential neighborhood, Corina said. The officer followed the suspect as he headed south on Woods Avenue from 4th Street, still riding a bicycle.
As the suspect and officer approached Escuela Street, the suspect again began firing at the officer, the lieutenant said.
Corina said the officer then did shoot back, firing multiple shots through the windshield of his patrol car, Corina said.
One bullet struck the suspect in the abdomen, Corina said. He fell wounded and was quickly taken into custody.
The man was wanted in connection with a shooting that left a U.S. Marine who was on leave wounded outside a Monterey Park 7-Eleven store earlier this week.
The attack took place about 2:45 a.m. Sunday at the convenience store, 281 E. Pomona Blvd., along Monterey Park’s southern border, Monterey Park police Sgt. Dave Elliot said.
The victim and a friend arrived at the store and were confronted by a man in the parking lot, the sergeant said.
“Some words were exchanged when the suspect brandished a firearm and shot the victim one time,” Elliot said.
The victim, who was struck in the abdomen, was hospitalized, Elliot said. An update on his condition was not available.
Witnesses described the shooter as a Latino man in his 20s, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants, carrying a dark-colored handgun, Elliot said. “The suspect was seen fleeing the parking lot on a bicycle.”
Corina said the suspect had been acting belligerent and trying to start fights with other patrons as well before the Marine and his friend, a fellow Marine, arrived at the convenience store, Corina said. It was unclear whether the suspect was intoxicated at the time.
A revolver and bicycle recovered at the scene of Wednesday’s gunfight between the suspect and police officer were believed to be the same used in Sunday morning’s shooting, Corina said.
Anyone with information regarding Sunday’s shooting is asked to contact Monterey Park police Detective Han at 626-307-1246.
Anyone with information regarding Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting can reach 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.


VIDEO, PHOTO by Walt Mancini

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Two men wounded Saturday in separate Norwalk shootings

NORWALK >> Two separate shootings in Norwalk Saturday left two men wounded, but expected to survive, authorities said.
Deputies received reports about 4:15 a.m. that a person had been shot at Adoree Street and Dalwood Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
Officials found no victim at the scene, but were soon informed that a gunshot victim had been brought to a local hospital, the lieutenant said.
The victim, a 45-year-old Norwalk man, told investigators he had been driving down the street when he was flagged down by someone, Limon said.
“The victim said he remembered being hit in the head and shot,” she said. He was being treated for a gunshot wound to his back that did not appear to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available, nor were further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.
A little more than 10 hours later, and about 2 miles away, authorities received another report of gunfire in the area of Clarkdale Avenue and Walnut Street, Limon said.
Deputies found a Norwalk man in his 20s in an a nearby alleyway suffering from a gunshot wound to his ankle, she said.
The injured man did not cooperate with investigators, and no further details were available. His wound was also no considered life-threatening.
The motives in both shooting remained under investigation, however sheriff’s gang detectives were tasked with the cases, Limon said.
The violence came after a fatal shooting Wednesday that left a Norwalk man dead at outside a 7-Eleven Store at Alondra Boulevard and Studebaker Road, as well as a fatal deputy-involved shooting of a Norwalk man at the same intersection on Thursday. Anyone with information on the non-fatal shootings can reach from the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Anyone with information on the fatal shooting or the deputy-involved shooting can reach 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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In-N-Out worker found shot to death outside La Mirada restaurant identified


LA MIRADA >> Authorities have formally identified a 48-year-old woman found shot to death outside the La Mirada In-N-Out Burger where she worked early Friday morning.
Josefina Alcocer Estrada of Buena Park was pronounced dead after she was found lying wounded shortly before 5 a.m. in the parking lot of the restaurant where she worked at 14341 Firestone Blvd., Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator B. Kim said.
In-N-Out representatives previously identified the victim, an employee since 1996, as Josefina Alcocer.
The woman, who was wearing her In-N-Out uniform, died at the scene, officials said.
No suspect description was available, and the motive had not been determined, Lt. Steve Jauch of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
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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Man wounded in Azusa shooting

AZUSA >> A man arrived at an emergency room with a gunshot wound following a shooting in Azusa early Sunday, police said.
Officers first responded about 2:25 a.m. to reports of “shots fired” in the area of 6th Street and Dalton Avenue, according to Azusa police Sgt. John Madaloni.
Police found no victims or evidence of a shooting, he said.
But about 20 minutes later, a local hospital notified police that a man in his 20s had arrived with a gunshot wound to his arm, Madaloni said.
The man, who was brought to the hospital in a private car, told officials he had been shot in the 600 block of N. Alameda Avenue, police said. The wound was not considered to be life-threatening.
“With the new information, officers were able to locate a crime scene, including expended shell casings,” Madaloni said in a written statement.
Further details of the shooting were not available, and the motive remained under investigation, the sergeant said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man shot to death in Pasadena identified

PASADENA >> Authorities have identified a 29-year-old man who was gunned down in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena earlier this week.
James Ramon Rucker died at a hospital following Tuesday’s 9:44 p.m. shooting at Claremont Street and Palm Terrace, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
No arrests have been made, and no information regarding the killer or killers was available.
Police responding to reports of gunfire found Rucker suffering from gunshot wounds, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Rucker was found lying wounded on the sidewalk, Smith said.
Paramedics took him to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, where he succumbed to his wounds.
The motive and circumstances of the shooting was unclear.
The fatal shooting took place one day after another man was critically wounded in another shooting about three blocks away in the 1400 block of South El Molino Avenue. Police said they were looking into a possible link between the shootings, but could not confirm they were related.
Anyone with information on this homicide was 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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