Man found shot to death outside Montebello church identified


MONTEBELLO >> Coroner’s officials have released the identity of a man found shot to death inside a car in a church parking lot in Montebello two weeks ago.
Ricardo Baltazar Mota, 33, died in the shooting, which was reported about 8:30 p.m. on March 27 in the 800 block of North Garfield Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Kelly Yagerliner said. His city of residence was unknown.
Reports of gunfire first led deputies to discover Mota mortally wounded inside a car, which had collided into another parked vehicle in the parking lot of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, according to Sgt. Marcelo Quintero of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. He had been shot multiple times in the upper body.
It appeared Mota had either been parked in the lot, or just pulled in, when the shooting took place.
The circumstances and motive in the attack remained a mystery, and no suspect description was available.
Anyone with information is urged 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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Officials: Man who shot at passing cars, deputies arrested after SWAT standoff near Covina

 
COVINA >> A man shot at passing cars, then opened fire on deputies who responded to the active shooter, before a SWAT team arrested him following an hours-long standoff on Sunday.
The incident began shortly after 9:30 a.m. with reports of a man shooting a gun along Cypress Street, west of Lark Allen Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Elisabeth Sachs said.
“He was shooting at cars passing by,” the lieutenant said.
Deputies also came under fire as they rushed to the scene, she said. A patrol car was struck but no one was injured by the suspect’s gunfire.
“(Deputies) did not return fire based on the suspect’s concealed location near a house,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The gunman fled into a nearby home, on Roxburgh Avenue just north of Cypress Street, and refused to come out.
Deputies evacuated nearby homes and summoned a heavily armed and armored SWAT team to take charge of the standoff.
At one point, deputies used an armored paramedic truck to pick up several elderly residents from the driveway of their home and escort them out of the neighborhood.
A crisis negotiation team made contact with the barricaded suspect and worked to persuade him to surrender. A crowd developed around the scene to watch the standoff, prompting deputies to place an armored vehicle between them and the armed, holed-up suspect as a shield.
The suspect posted live videos on Facebook during the incident.
In one short video streamed toward the outset of the incident, he’s seen outdoors sticking his tongue out, brandishing a pistol, and saying “Big Slick Low,”in an apparent reference to his nickname, while appearing to slur his speech.
In another recording posted two hours later, the suspect is seen talking with a negotiator on the phone while indoors.
“Tell your men to stand back, I’ll (expletive) walk out surrendering,” he said.
The man is also seen placing the handgun against his head and threatening suicide.
“Tell them to back off. I’ll shoot my (expletive) face off right now.
The suspect filmed himself as he fired two gunshots at arriving deputies. “They’re here, they know where I am,” he says before firing a shot.
“I’m sorry guys,” he said before firing a second shot. Arriving deputies could be heard ordering him to lie down and surrender.
The suspect ultimately gave up about 12:45 p.m. and was taken into custody.
Sean Vasquez, 20, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on an peace officer, sheriff’s officials said.
The motive for his alleged rampage was unclear.
Neighbor Cindi Arp said she left her Roxburgh Avenue house about 9:25 a.m. when she heard “pow, pow, pow.” She presumed the three to four noises were fireworks and continued on her way. As she rounded the corner onto Cypress Street, she heard another volley of noises, but again, took them for fireworks.
“My husband called me five minutes later and said, ‘you left at the right time. We have an active shooter,’” Arp said.
No injuries were reported during the incident.
According to county booking records, Vasquez was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the sheriff’s San Dimas Station pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Prosecutors file murder charge against 1 of 2 roommates arrested in deadly Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> Prosecutors charged one man with murder on Wednesday, but declined to file charges against his roommate, in connection with an armed confrontation between the two men ended with the fatal, unintentional shooting of a woman visiting the home, authorities said.
Prosecutors filed charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon against Felipe More, 63, of Pasadena for Saturday’s shooting in the 200 block of West Washington Boulevard, which claimed the life of 37-year-old Kelly Clark of Pasadena, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court and was scheduled to return for a preliminary hearing setting on April 26, Risling said.
More’s roommate, 55-year-old Andrew Moore, was initially arrested on suspicion of murder along with More.
But prosecutors declined to file a case against Moore, citing “insufficient evidence,” according to Risling.
Clark, an acquaintance of both roommates, was visiting the home when the shooting took place, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
“(More and Moore) have an ongoing dispute that escalated,” the lieutenant said. It was not clear what the subject of the dispute was.
Moore retrieved a handgun and threatened More with it, he said. More than retrieved a handgun and returned, continuing the argument with his roommate.
As the argument continued, More fired two shots from his gun, Carrillo said. Clark was struck by the gunfire. Paramedics pronounced her death at the scene.
Police initially jailed both men on suspicion of murder. While More was accused of firing the shot that killed Clark, Moore was also accused of murder under California’s Felony Murder Rule, allowing for defendants to be charged with murder for unintentional death resulting from the commission of a serious crime.
According to county booking records, More was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

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Two Pasadena men accused of murder after woman shot during argument


PASADENA >> A woman died after being struck by bullet fired by one of two roommates who armed themselves with guns while arguing with one another late Saturday, officials said. Two two roommates, both men, were jailed on suspicion of murder.
Police first learned of the fatal shooting shortly after 10 p.m., when someone flagged down a passing police car and reported someone had been shot inside a home in the 200 block of West Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said in a written statement.
Officers found a 37-year-old woman inside the home suffering from a gunshot wound, he said. Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene. Her identity was yet to be released Sunday.
Investigators determined the shooting stemmed from an argument between two men who lived at the home, identified by police and county booking records as Felipe More, 63, and Andrew Raymond Moore, 55. The men are not related.
“During the argument, both Moore and More armed themselves with handguns,” according to Carrillo. “More fired his handgun, striking the 37-year-old woman.”
Police arrested both men on suspicion of murder.
It was not clear whether the victim also lived at the home with the two suspects.
Though not suspected of personally firing his gun, Moore is accused under California’a Felony Murder Rule, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman explained. The legal precedent allows for defendants to be charged for unintentional deaths resulting from the commission of serious crimes.
According to county booking records, More was being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending his initial court appearance, while Moore, who already has a prior criminal case pending against him, was being held in lieu of $3.18 million bail.
Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: La Puente man found shot to death inside vacant home in Duarte


DUARTE >> Officials have identified a La Puente man who was found shot to death inside a vacant home in Duarte on Saturday afternoon.
Christian Sanchez, 20, was pronounced dead shortly after 4:20 p.m., when he was found shot inside an empty house in the 2600 block of Calle Martos, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
The deadly shooting was first reported as a possible burglary at the home in the 2600 block of Calle Martos, Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
“Upon (deputies’) arrival, they discovered a male Hispanic adult inside the vacant residence, suffering from at least one gunshot wound,” he said.
Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
“There is no suspect information at this time,” Rouzan said. The motive in the slaying was unclear.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Pomona man escapes barrage of gunfire in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A Pomona man suffered minor injuries while fleeing from a volley of gunfire in Pasadena early Saturday, but escaped serious harm, officials said.
The shooting unfolded about 3:10 a.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 300 block of Barthe Drive, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 20-year-old Pomona man was standing in front of a home when he heard his two attackers yell at him, according to the lieutenant.
“The yelling was followed by five to six gunshots, none of which struck the victim,” Goodman said. “The victim sustained minor abrasions to his hands when he fell down while running away from the gunfire.”
Officers found evidence of the shooting at the scene, he said. But the attackers, who fled on foot, remained at large.
They were described as two Latino men between 20 and 25 years old, both armed with handguns. One wore a blue hooded sweatshirt, and the other wore a hooded sweatshirt of unknown color.
The motive in the shooting was not yet known. It was unclear if it was related to an ongoing spate of gang violence blamed for other recent shootings and slayings in the Pasadena and Pomona areas.
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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Two shootings reported in Norwalk early Friday

NORWALK >> No injuries were reported following two separate shooting within a mile of each other in Norwalk early Friday morning, authorities said.
The first shooting took place about 2:30 a.m. in the 16000 block of Flallon Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jaime Alvarez said.
Deputies responded to reports of gunfire heard in the area and found several spent 9mm bullet casings in the street, he said. But there were no signs of victims or property damage.
About 30 minutes later, a man in his 50s was walking at Hayford Avenue and Horst Street when a newer-model, black Chevy Silverado pickup truck approached, the sergeant said.
An attacker inside the truck, described only as male, whistled at the man before firing two shots in his direction, according to Alvarez. The victim was not struck, and the truck sped away.
No further details were available.
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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Man shot in Monrovia

MONROVIA >> A shooting in a residential neighborhood in Monrovia left a man wounded on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The wounded victim arrived at a house in Duarte about 5 p.m. and called for help, Monrovia police Lt. Patty Newton said.
He reported that he had been shot in the 400 block of East Duarte Road, across the city border in Monrovia, the lieutenant said.
Paramedics took the man to a hospital for treatment, she said. An update on his condition was not available.
Officers continued investigating at the scene Wednesday evening. Officials had not found physical evidence of the shooting, and no reports of gunshots were received in the area, Newton said.
Officials could no confirm initial reports from the scene that the suspect was a Latino man in his 50s, of short stature, with short black hair and a black backpack.
Anyone with information can reach the Monrovia Police Department at 626-256-8000. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Suspect jailed in fatal shooting of 8-year-old Pomona boy

POMONA >> Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of 8-year-old Jonah Hwang in Pomona last month.
Following more than a month of investigation in the wake of the Feb. 20 shooting at a home in the 1100 block of West 11th Street, police announced the arrest of Sengchan Houl, 35, in connection with Hwang’s slaying.
The drive-by attack took place as Hwang and his family were dinner guests at the home of another family, according to Pomona police Lt. Eddie Vasquez.
“The Pomona Police Department’s Homicide Unit has been actively investigating Jonah’s murder since that day’s events,” police said in a written statement issued late Sunday. “Today, the Police Department is announcing the arrest of a suspect in this case.”
Officers took Houl into custody without a struggle in an unincorporated county area near Pomona shortly after 11:490 a.m., according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
A motive in the deadly shooting has not been disclosed.
No further details regarding the arrest were released Sunday.
“Detectives are still actively working this case and we are not releasing any additional information at this time,” according to the police statement.
Gunshots struck the same home in January, resulting in no injuries, and again on Saturday morning, police said.
Police planned to hold a conference Monday afternoon to provide additional details on the investigation.
According to county booking records, Houl was being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Police release suspect sketch in Pasadena double-fatal shooting targeting previous victim’s vigil

PASADENA >> Police released a composite sketch of one of four men sought in connection with a January shooting that left two men dead and two other victims wounded during a vigil for a previous homicide victim in Pasadena.
Antoine Dewayne Sutphen Jr. and Ormani Dajan Duncan, both 24 and from Pasadena, died in the barrage of gunfire that erupted just before midnight on Jan. 6 at Fair Oaks Avenue and Claremont Street, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
The victims had gathered for a vigil in memory of 25-year-old Brandon Douglas of Pasadena, who was gunned down on the same corner on Dec. 22.
The shooting involved four attackers, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo. Investigators received conflicting reports of whether the men fired from inside a passing vehicle or exited their car before opening fire.
Police released descriptions of the suspect earlier this week in hopes of generating tips from the public, the lieutenant said. The plan worked.
“Since our most recent request for assistance, witnesses have come forward and provided further information, resulting in a composite sketch of one suspect,” Carrillo said.
Witnesses have described the killers as four black men. One was 20 to 25 years old, of dark complexion, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, between 210 and 220 pounds, police said.
The other three suspects were all described as 25 to 30 years old. One was 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 240 to 250 pounds and of dark complexion. The third was 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 210 to 220 pounds and of medium complexion. The final suspect was 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, 180 to 190 pounds and of light complexion.
No description of the attackers’ car was available.
Investigators hoped more witnesses are yet to come forward with vital information that may help them solve the double-slaying, Carrillo said.
In addition to the two Pasadena man who lost their lives in the Jan. 6 shooting, a 24-year-old woman was critically injured and a 25-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening wounds.
The bloodshed continued the following afternoon, when another shooting erupted at the same street corner, police said. A 25-year-old man was shot in the thigh.
Investigators have said it appears the shooting, as well as others in the region since, are the result of an escalating rivalry between gangs in the Pasadena, Monrovia, Duarte and Pomona areas.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police homicide detectives at 626-744-4511. The department can be reached 24 hours a day at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

SKETCH courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. PHOTO: Outside Kings Villages in Pasadena a candle is lit on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 by friends of Ormoni Duncan who was fatally shot along with Antoine Sutphen, Jr., in a shooting that also left two other victims wounded on Friday night. The victims were headed to a vigil for Brandon Douglas who was killed on Dec. 22, 2016. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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