1 killed, 2 detained in Covina mobile home park shooting

COVINA >> A man was killed and two men were detained Friday following a shooting at a mobile home park.
Sheriff’s detectives haven’t released the name of the dead man or the two people in custody.
The shooting took place shortly after 11 a.m. at Royal Palms, 21210 E. Arrow Highway, which is in the unincorporated county area near Covina.
Deputies responded to a call of shots fired at the mobile home park, said Sgt. Nicole Davis of the sheriff’s San Dimas station. She said six to eight shots were heard.
“As the units were on the way, someone was running from the location and there was a deceased person outside the mobile home,” Davis said.
Deputies took a resident of the mobile home park as well as a second man into custody, according to sheriff’s officials and other residents.
Paramedics pronounced the shooting victim dead at the scene. Davis believes the dead man didn’t live at the mobile home park.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives were at the mobile home park by Friday afternoon. No further details about the shooting were released.
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Three suffer minor injuries in Norwalk Park shotgun attack

NORWALK — Two boys and a man suffered minor injuries Wednesday when an attacker opened fire on them with a shotgun at Norwalk Park, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 7:30 p.m. at the park, 13000 Clarkdale Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jason Skeen said.
Three male victims, described as two juveniles and an adult, suffered “very minor” injuries from the shotgun blast, Skeen said. It was unclear what type of shot the shotgun they were attacked with had been loaded with.
The shooter was believed to have fled the scene in a dark-colored car, Skeen said. It was not known how many attackers took part in the shooting, and the motive was not immediately clear.
A detailed suspect description was not available.

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Two brothers wounded in Pico Rivera shooting

A gunman shot and wounded two brothers near their Pico Rivera home Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The wounded men, ages 22 and 26, were hospitalized in stable condition following the 2:20 p.m. shooting int he 5100 block of Lindsey Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
The brothers were standing in driveway near their home when a gray car, possibly a Chrysler 300, approached the scene, the lieutenant said. A detailed description of the driver was not available.
The vehicle stopped in front of the home and the gunman exited, Meyer said. There was a brief exchange of words, though it was not immediately clear what was said.
“The suspect produced a handgun and fired five to six rounds, striking both victims,” Meyer said. The 22-year-old man was struck once in the torso, while his older brother was struck several times in the mid-section.
A motive in the shooting was not clear, Meyer said.

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UPDATED: One killed, three wounded in Bellflower shooting

BELLFLOWER >> A man died and three other people were wounded in a shooting along Flower Street in Bellflower late Friday, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 7:50 p.m. in the 9500 block of Flower Street, between Bellflower Boulevard and Clark Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Robert Spracher said.\
A total of four people were wounded in the shooting, sheriff’s officials said. One man succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Three other victims, initially described only as male, were hospitalized unknown condition.
Deputies encountered victims wounded at the scene, and were looking into reports that a possible fourth victim may have also shown up at a hospital, Spracher said.
Further details were not immediately available.
Deputies received numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting the shooting on the busy street, Spracher said.
“We’re still trying to gather information on suspects,” he said. No suspects were in custody.

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Whittier woman sentenced for near-fatal shooting of Pico Rivera woman

PICO RIVERA — A judge sentenced a 35-year-old Whittier woman to more than three decades in state prison Thursday for serving as the getaway driver in the 2011 shooting of a Pico Rivera woman which left her in a vegetative state, authorities said.
Michele Caldera received a prison term of 32 years to life in Norwalk Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
She faced a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in prison following her April 14 conviction for the attempted murder of then-36-year-old Gloria Montes on May 19, 2011, officials said. A jury also convicted her of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and found true the special allegation that the attack was gang-related.
Montes was shot in the head as she slept in her home in the 5300 block of Lindsey Avenue in Pico Rivera.
Montes testified from a wheelchair during earlier court proceedings, but has since taken a turn for the worst and is now in a vegetative state, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Brock Lunsford said.
Caldera drove triggerman Arthur Lerma, 36, of Whittier and Jose Trejo, 24, of Pico Rivera to the scene of the shooting.
“At trial, the prosecutor said Lerma targeted the victim because she told police that he was involved in a robbery,” district attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
Lerma served eight years in prison for a 2002 robbery, and had recently been paroled when the shooting occurred, investigators said.
“While Lerma was in prison, he sent the victim a letter that said he knew she snitched on him. Furthermore, Lerma said he was going to kill her when he got out of prison.”
The three defendants were partying together at a motel when Caldera borrowed a car to drive Lerma and Trejo home, prosecutors said. But the three made a stop in an alley outside Montes’ home.
“The two men approached and Lerma yelled out, “Go-Go,” which was the victim’s nickname,” according to the district attorney’s office statement. “The female victim answered and Lerma shot her in the head.”
A jury convicted Lerma in April of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found that the crime was gang-related.
Lerma received a sentence of 60 years to life in prison May 7.
Trejo, who had pleaded “no contest” to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, was expected to receive eight years in state prison when he returned to Norwalk Superior Court for sentencing June 3. He testified during the trial for Lerma and Caldera.
Prosecutors described Lerma and Trejo as members of the Pico Nuevo street gang, and Caldera as a member of the Whittier Varrio Locos gang, which is allied with Pico Nuevo.
Montes, a self-described Pico Nuevo gang member, testified at a 2012 preliminary hearing that she had been close friends with people named Arthur Lerma and Michele Caldera, but she did not recognize them in the courtroom. She further testified that if she knew the identity of her attackers, she would not say.
She also testified she did not recall receiving the threatening letter from Lerma while he was in prison for the 2002 robbery.
Officials said that while Montes had been interviewed by detectives regarding the 2002 robbery, she never testified against Lerma.

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UPDATED: Man shot in the neck in Hacienda Heights; suspect arrested

HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A man suffered a gunshot wound to his neck and a suspect was in custody following a gang-related shooting in a residential neighborhood Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 3:40 p.m. in the 1000 block of Olympus Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo said.
The victim, a 44-year-old Hacienda Heights resident and member of a local street gang, suffered a through-and-through wound to his neck but was hospitalized in stable condition after undergoing surgery, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Thurlo said.
The suspect, a local gang member man in his early 20s, was arrested nearby after the chain broke on the bicycle he was using as a getaway vehicle, Thurlo said. His name was not available Sunday afternoon pending the booking process.
All three were on Olympus Avenue when the suspect and victim became involved in an argument over gang affiliations, Thurlo said. The suspect pulled a handgun and shot the victim before fleeing on a bicycle.
A friend of the victim flagged down a sheriff’s deputy and pointed out where the gunman had gone but refused to cooperate further, the sergeant said.
Deputies found the suspect around the corner in the 15700 block of Wallbrook Drive, Thurlo said. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
Deputies found a handgun discarded in the area of the same caliber used in the shooting, officials said.
Deputies summoned their counterparts in the gang unit to take over the investigation.

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23-year-old man fatally shot in East Los Angeles

EAST LOS ANGELES >> A man died at a hospital following a shooting in a commercial neighborhood early Saturday, sheriff’s officials said.
Little information was available regarding the shooting, which took place about 1:30 a.m. in the 900 block of South Kern Avenue, just south of Whittier Boulevard, according to Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
Deputies responded to reports of gunshots and creaming when they encountered a 23-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds, Saldana said. He was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His name was not released.
“Detectives have learned that the victim was walking down Kern Avenue when he was shot by unknown suspect (or suspects),” Saldana said. “The motive for the shooting is unknown.”
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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UPDATED: 18-year-old Whittier man shot to death in Pico Rivera

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PICO RIVERA >> A man died at the scene of an early-morning shotgun attack in a residential neighborhood Sunday, according to officials and a witness.
Joseph Richard Flores, 18, of Whittier died at the scene of the shooting, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corral said.
Few details were available regarding the fatal shooting, which Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said occurred about 12:40 a.m. in the 9200 block of Claymore Street, near Serapis Avenue.
“Detectives have learned that deputies from Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station responded to a gun shot victim call, and when they arrived, they found the victim lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” deputies from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement.
Flores died at the scene.
No suspect description was known, officials said, and no further information was released.
Friend Bryan Vargas said Flores had just been dropped off on the street to visit when he was shot.
Vargas said he saw his friend down the street and he began walking over toward Vargas’s home. The friend said he went back inside the house.
As Flores reached the sidewalk along Claymore Street, Vargas said he heard a car pull up to him and someone get out.
An attacker asked him where he was from, a common gang challenge, and there was a brief exchange of words before the shooter opened fire, Vargas said. Vargas said he emerged from the home to find his friend shot in the face with a shotgun, and did not get a view of the killer or the vehicle.
Flores was not involved with gangs, Vargas said.
“He was a very good kid. He wouldn’t hurt a fly. He always had a smile on his face,” he said. “I can’t believe it.”
The young man had a good sense of humor and spent much of his time with his girlfriend, Vargas said.
Four days before the fatal shooting, Vargas said he advised his friend not to walk to a relative’s home in the middle of the night because it was dangerous, but Flores couldn’t be persuaded otherwise.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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UPDATED: Whittier man fatally shot in his front yard; suspect surrenders

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WHITTIER >> A suspect turned himself in early Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Whittier man in the front yard of his Whittier home, authorities said.
Augustin Garcia, 27, of Whittier, was arrested on suspicion of murder at 1:50 a.m. after he arrived at the Whittier Police Department and surrendered, according to Whittier police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Coroner’s officials had not officially identified the shooting victim Sunday as his body remained at the hospital, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corral said.
But his girlfriend, 22-year-old Gloria Alvarado, identified him as Richard “Richie” Mationg.
Police responded to reports of gunshots just after 9 p.m. Saturday in the 5800 block of Ben Alder Avenue, according to Whittier police Officer Brad White.
“When officers arrived, they located a 22-year-old male lying in the front yard of his residence with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to his chest,” White said in a written statement.
0512_NWS_WDN-L-WHITFATAL2The badly wounded man was rushed to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was pronounced dead at 9:47 p.m., Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
“An unidentified male suspect was seen fleeing the location in a silver vehicle,” White said.
As the investigation continued, Garcia showed up at the police station Sunday morning and surrendered in connection with the shooting.
The suspect and victim were believed to know each other, officials said, however further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were not available.
Alvarado and friends of Mationg gathered at a memorial of candles, flowers and photos of Mationg, along with his favorite beers and snack foods. They said they didn’t know anyone by the name of Augustin Garcia.
Mationg had lived at the Ben Alder Avenue home with his family for about 12 years, Alvarado said.
He worked at a CVS Pharmacy and was expected to make manager soon, she said. He had just purchased a new car — a 2012 Dodge Avenger — and was yet to make his first payment on it.
“There are just a lot of people that loved him,” Alvarado said.
“He was the funniest person ever. He gave good advice,” she added. “He was a really good guy.”
Friend Amber Ventura, 22, also mourned Sunday at the roadside memorial.
Ventura said Mationg “looked out for everybody. He was like a big brother.”
Garcia was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Whittier Police Department.

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Man shot while riding bicycle in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man suffered a wound to his back while riding his bicycle along Lincoln Avenue early Saturday, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 4:40 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue at Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 25-year-old Pasadena man was riding his bicycle when he heard gunfire coming from behind him, then realized he had been wounded in the back, the lieutenant said. He rode away and contacted family members, who notified police.
The man was hospitalized in “guarded” condition but was expected to survive, Clawson said.
No motive or suspect description was available, he said. Police were looking into whether a white van seen the area around the time of the shooting was involved.

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