LA MIRADA — Coroner’s officials Wednesday released the name of a Norwalk man found shot to death near a La Mirada bus stop Sunday evening.
Frank Mario Sainz, 46, was pronounced dead shortly after he was found lying in a pool of blood about 6:10 p.m. Sunday in the 14300 block of Alondra Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Capt. John Kades said.
An autopsy determined he died from “multiple gunshot wounds,” Kades said. The death was ruled a homicide.
He was believed to have been seated on a bus stop bench when he was shot, according to Lot. Dave Coleman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. He was first spotted early Sunday by a bus driver.
No information regarding a shooter or a motive was available.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
SAN GABRIEL — A man was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after shooting himself in the head in front of police in a parking lot, authorities said.
The incident, which was being investigated as an attempted suicide, took place about 4:10 p.m. in a parking lot to the rear of the 800 block of East Las Tunas Drive, just east of San Gabriel Boulevard, San Gabriel police Lt. Andy Borrello said.
Police officers responded to reports of a man with a gun, the lieutenant said. “They encountered a despondent male holding handgun to his head.”
The man, who would not speak to police, then pulled the trigger, Borrello said.
Though he suffered a serious head wound, he was conscious when taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatment, he said. An update on the man’s condition was not available, nor was his age.
PASADENA — A man showed up at a Pasadena emergency room with a gunshot to his foot late Saturday, officials said.
The man arrived at a hospital about 11:45 p.m. and said he had been shot, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
He told investigators he had been shot in the area of Mar Vista Avenue and Villa Street, but provided no further details of what had taken place, the lieutenant said.
Police received no reports of a shooting near Mar Vista and Villa, though they did respond to a report of “shots fired” shortly after 10 p.m. in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Cedar Street.
Officers responded to the neighborhood after reports of shots heard, accompanied by the sound of a car speeding away, Clawson said. No victims or suspects were found at the scene.
Police were looking into the possibility the wounded man may have been related to the reported shooting along Fair Oaks, he added. The investigation was being handled by gang detectives.
PASADENA — A man suffered a wound to his shoulder in a Pasadena shooting early Sunday, but did not appear to be cooperating with investigators regarding the attack, police said.
Officer responded about 12:45 a.m. to reports of gunshots heard in the Washington Boulevard and Marengo Avenue when they found a 24-year-old Pasadena man sitting along the curb with a gunshot wound to his shoulder, Pasadena police Lt. Randell Taylor said. The injury was not considered life-threatening.
His bullet-riddled car was came to a rest on the porch of a Marengo Avenue home, but did not strike the house, Taylor said.
The shooting victim gave police little information, the lieutenant said.
“He said hew as driving down the street and someone was shooting at him,” the lieutenant said. “He did not give us a description.”
Bullet casings were found nearby, Taylor added.
A motive in the shooting was not clear.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.
PASADENA — A car and an occupied house were struck by gunfire early Sunday in Northwest Pasadena, though police found no gunshot victims, officials said.
Officers responded about 3:10 a.m. to multiple reports of “shots fired” at Garfield Avenue and Douglass Street, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
“They canvassed the area and found bullet casings on the street,” the lieutenant said. “A vehicle and residence were struck by gunfire.”
The home was occupied at the time of the shooting, however no one was found injured from the shooting either at the scene or at area hospitals, Delgado said.
A small, tan sedan was seen driving away from the area at the time of the shooting, he added.
A driver allegedly shot at two sheriff’s deputies on the westbound 60 Freeway Wednesday night.
The deputies weren’t injured.
Previously convicted felon Jesus Navarro, 20, was being held in lieu of $1.07 million bail Thursday at the sheriff’s Industry Station, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records. His city of residence was not available.
Lt. Ray Enriquez said the deputies saw a pickup truck speeding on Fairway Drive in Industry at 10:22 p.m. The patrol car followed the vehicle to the 60 Freeway.
He said the deputies tried to pull over the driver on the westbound 60 near the Azusa Avenue off-ramp. The driver fired at the patrol car and took off.
The pickup, described as a silver or gray Toyota Tacoma, was later spotted by the California Highway Patrol. It was stopped on the 91 Freeway near the 605 Freeway, Enriquez said.
Enriquez said the driver was arrested for attempted murder of peace officers and felony evading.
Deputies also recovered a weapon believed used in the shooting.
The westbound 60 Freeway was shut down from Azusa Avenue to Fairway Drive while deputies looked for evidence.
According to Los Angeles Superior Court records, Navarro was convicted in December of 2012 of possession of an assault weapon in Compton Superior Court.
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PASADENA – Two gunmen opened fire in a neighborhood Wednesday night and damaged three vehicles.
Pasadena Police didn’t find anyone injured in the shooting. Officers also checked at hospitals,
Gunfire erupted on Tremont Street and Navarro Avenue at 11:11 p.m.
Sgt. Greg Afsharian said two men were seen shooting in the street. The suspects then got into a waiting dark-colored vehicle and left.
Officers found a lot of bullet casings and three parked cars that had been hit by rounds, according to the sergeant.
The suspects were only described a two black men in their early 20s.
“It’s unknown who their target was,” Afsharian said.
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A shooter or shooters unleashed a barrage of bullets in a Pasadena neighborhood late Saturday, injuring two women and striking three houses, police said.
The attempted murder took place about 9:20 p.m. on Marengo Avenue, just north of Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 29-year-old Pomona woman was sitting in a car with her boyfriend, a 31-year-old Pasadena man, prior to the attack, Clawson said. The car was pulled over along the curb and the engine was running.
“Without warning, a bunch of shots were fired,” he said. “Dozens of shots were fired at their vehicle.”
The car was struck several times, and the woman inside was wounded in the arm, Clawson said. The boyfriend drove her to an area hospital, where she was treated for an injury not considered life-threatening.
Another woman who happened to be walking down the street also suffered a superficial graze wound to her arm, Clawson said. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and did not require hospitalization.
Also struck by the gunfire were three nearby homes, though no one inside was injured, the lieutenant said.
No suspect description was available in the shooting, he added, which was being investigated as possibly gang-related.
DUARTE — A man suffered two gunshot wounds but was expected to survive following an early-morning shooting in a residential neighborhood in Duarte Sunday, officials said.
Deputies responded to a report of gunshots about 2 a.m. when they found a 22-year-old man wounded in the 900 block of Lewiston Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Iganacio Somoano said.
The man was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena where he was being treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening, the lieutenant said.
Two men were seen in the area at the time of the shooting, however deputies were still investigating whether they were involved, Somoano said. No shooter description was available.
The motive in the shooting was unclear, however there was no indication the wounded man had gang ties, he added.
WHITTIER — A 19-year-old West Covina man died late Thursday following a shooting along Pickering Avenue, authorities said.
Vincent Provencio died at PIH Health Hospital in Whittier 20 minutes after the shooting, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Whittier Police Lt. Steven Dean said the station received a call at 9:56 p.m. of shots being fired in the 6200 block of Pickering Avenue.
“When officers arrived, they were told an argument ensued between two males,” Officer Bradley White said. “The 19-year-old was shot during the argument.”
Provencio suffered a single gunshot wound to his chest, White said. But he had already been taken to PIH Health Hospital in Whittier by a good Samaritan.
“A passer-by saw a wounded man, picked him up and rushed him to the hospital.” White said.
But despite the efforts of the good Samaritan and doctors, the wounded man succumbed to his injuries at 10:16 p.m., Winter said.
No suspect description was available Friday, White said, and it was not clear what the argument that preceded the shooting was about.
“Our investigators are out canvassing the area for witnesses,” White added.
Anyone with information was asked to call Whittier police at 562-567-9200.