Two men wounded in La Puente shooting


LA PUENTE >> Two men are expected to survive following a late-night shooting in La Puente on Saturday, officials said.
The attack took place about 11:05 p.m. in the 300 block of Ardilla Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. David Contreras said.
Deputies responded to a report of an “assault with a deadly weapon” and encountered two men suffering from gunshot wounds, he said.
One of the victims is a man in his 20, and the other is in his 40s, according to the sergeant.
Both were hospitalized with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Little information was available regarding the circumstances of the shooting, which Contreras said was carried out by two attackers who fled the scene in a compact car.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: One teen killed, another wounded in Monrovia shooting


MONROVIA >> A Saturday night shooting in Monrovia left one teenager dead and another wounded, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 11:35 p.m. in the 100 block of West Cypress Street, just west of Myrtle Avenue, according to Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau.
Monrovia police first responded to reports of gunshots when they found the victims, Alexander said in a written statement.
“Both victims had been shot at least one time in the torso,” she said.
Paramedics pronounced one of the young men dead at the scene, officials said.
He was identified as 18-year-old Oscar Andrew Garcia of Monrovia, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
The second gunshot victim, described as 17 years old, was hospitalized in critical condition.
The shooter was described only as a Latino man in his 20s. Sheriff’s officials released no further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.
Neighbors said the shooting in or just outside the detached garage of a back house, and involved more than 10 gunshots.
A pair of paramedic’s gloved marked the scene of the shooting on Sunday afternoon.
One neighbor, who did not want her identity published for fear of retaliation, said the two victims did not live at the home, but were visiting friends when the gunfire erupted.
The shooter entered the property through a rear fence, which leads to an alley running just south of Cypress Street.
The gunman immediately opened fire before fleeing back through the alley, neighbors said.
Saturday night’s double shooting is the latest in a spate of at least seven shooting in the Monrovia-Duarte area since January that have left four victims dead and another four wounded. Three suspects have been jailed in connection with one of the non-fatal shootings. The rest of the cases remain unsolved.
•Two women escaped injury, though a home and parked car were struck by gunfire, in a drive-by shooting in the 500 block of Maydee Street in unincorporated county area between Monrovia and Duarte on Friday night.
•A La Puente man was found shot to death inside a vacant home in the 2600 block of Calle Martos in Duarte on April 1.
•A man was wounded in a shooting in the 400 block of East Duarte Road in Monrovia on March 29.
•A 20-year-old man died in a shooting in the 400 block of Camino Real Street in the unincorporated county area between Duarte and Monrovia on March 18.
•A 39-year-old man was shot to death as he arrived home with his wife and children in the 2300 block of Bashor Street in Duarte on Feb. 18. A $10,000 reward has since been authorized in the case by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
•A man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the 2000 block of Goodall Avenue in the unincorporated county area between Monrovia and Duarte on Jan. 15.
•Two men suffered gunshot wounds in a shooting at Cresrfield Drive and Bloomdale Street in Duarte on Jan. 7. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
News of Saturday neight’s shooting brought longtime victims’ advocate Jeanette Chavez to tears.
Chavez lost her 16-year-old daughter, Sammantha Salas, in a shooting in the 2500 block of Peck Road in the unincorporated county area between Duarte and Monrovia that took place amid a spate of gang-violence that plagued the area in late-2007. Salas was slain with automatic gunfire as the walked from her father’s home to a nearby store with two friends. One of Salas’ friends was also wounded in the shooting.
Two cousins from Monrovia have since been sentenced to life in prison for the slaying.
Chavez has spent the past decade working with victim’s advocacy organizations, as well as on her own, to try to prevent other families from suffering similar tragedies.
“This is really taking a toll on me, and taking a toll on my heart,” she said of the recent violence. “It’s like a black eye for my daughter.”
Chavez said she addressed law enforcement and county supervisors at a Monrovia, Arcadia Duarte Town Council meeting on Wednesday regarding the issue of violence in the Monrovia-Duarte area. Two more shooting have occurred in the area since the meeting.
Chavez said she asked at the meeting about improving communications between the several law enforcement agencies that patrol the area, as well as how many deputies are assigned to the unincorporated county area between Duarte and Monrovia. But she said she did not receive satisfactory answers.
In response to the violence in the area in 2007 and 2008, Monrovia officials sought and obtained a gang injunction against two local street gangs in a 6-square-mile area encompassing portions of Monrovia and nearby unincorporated county areas.
But Duarte declined to join in the injunction, which Chavez said was the wrong decision.
“Shame on Duarte for not joining the gang injunction,” she said.
The sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is helping Monrovia police with the investigation into Saturday’s fatal shooting.
Anyone with information us urged to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to  at 800-222-8477.

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Women escape unharmed following drive-by shooting near Duarte


A home and a parked car were struck by bullets, but two women escaped injury, in a drive-by shooting on Friday night in an unincorporated county area between Duarte and Monrovia, officials said.
The gunfire was reported about 8:55 p.m. in the 500 block of Maydee Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Frank Ruiz said.
Two women were standing on a corner when a car drove by with three male occupants inside, the lieutenant said. Shots were fired from the passing vehicle in the direction of the women.
The women were not struck by the gunfire, Ruiz said. But a nearby house and car were pierced by bullets.
No further details were available.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Man critically wounded in shooting at El Monte park


EL MONTE >> A man clung to life Saturday after he was shot while setting up a birthday party for his young daughter at an El Monte park, authorities said.
The victim, described as a man in his 30s, was hospitalized in critical and unstable condition following the shooting, which took place just before 6 a.m. at Baldwin Avenue Mini Park, 3750 Baldwin Ave., El Monte police Lt. Ernie Kramer said.
“He was at the park setting up for a party. He heard a gunshot and saw a suspect running through the park,” the lieutenant said.
The man briefly chased after the shooter before realizing he had been wounded in the back.
Witnesses in the neighborhood reported hearing gunfire just before the victim himself called 911 to report he had been shot.
Paramedics took the man to a hospital for treatment, Kramer said. His condition remained extremely serious after undergoing several surgeries.
The man was alone at the small park setting up for a birthday party for his daughter when the shooting took place, officials said. Family members and guests had not yet arrived.
He collapsed near the front gate of the park, police said. It appeared he was trying to make it to his car.
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau were summoned to take over the investigation due to the life-threatening injuries suffered by the victim, Kramer said.
No further details, including a description of the shooter, were available.
Anyone with information 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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Police: Man accidentally shoots, critically injures teenage girl in Montebello


MONTEBELLO >> A teenage girl remained hospitalized in critical condition on Friday, two days after she was shot by her neighbor in what was believed to be an accidental shooting at an apartment complex, police said.
The suspected accidental shooting took place shorty after 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the 200 block of North 6th Street, Montebello police Lt. Larry Jackson said.
Police responded to reports of a shooting and encountered a teenage girl suffering from a gunshot wound, he said.
“Preliminary investigation revealed the neighbor was manipulating a firearm in his apartment,” the lieutenant said. The handgun went off, sending a bullet through the wall separating the apartments and striking the girl in the abdomen.
Rescuers took the wounded teen to a hospital, where she was listed in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery, Jackson said.
The neighbor, a man, was not arrested as the investigation continued, he said. He tried to help the girl and called 911 immediately after the shooting.
Once complete, detectives will turn over their findings to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges.

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Gang members get life in prison for Christmas Day murder of Pasadena youth coach

PASADENA >> Two gang members will spend the rest of their lives in prison cells for fatally shooting a Pasadena community coach and sheriff’s department employee on Christmas Day, 2012, a judge declared Friday.
At their sentencing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Jerron Donald Harris, 29, of Pasadena and Larry Darnell Bishop, 24, of Chino each received sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the Dec. 25, 2012, murder of 49-year-old Victor J. McClinton of Pasadena, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said in a written statement.
McClinton was walking with a friend in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue about a 11 a.m. when he became caught in gang crossfire.
The killers opened fire on a rival gang member, who was wounded in the shooting, according to Pasadena police officials and prosecutors. McClinton, who was struck by an errant bullet from the gang-related attack, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
McClinton was a father of two who worked as a law enforcement technician for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and founded the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League in Pasadena.
Following a mistrial in 2015, and a 15-day jury deliberation process at the conclusion of their second trial in 2015, a jury convicted Harris and Bishop of first-degree murder, according to district attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.
The jury also found true the special circumstances that the killing was gang related and that the shots were fired from a moving vehicle, he said. The jury also found true the allegation that Harris personally used a firearm in the crime, but did not find true the allegation that Bishop also fired a gun in the shooting.
Jurors also convicted Harris of two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Risling said.
The special allegations made the defendants eligible for the death penalty, but prosecutors did not seek capital punishment in the case.

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UPDATED: Man and woman shot in West Valinda, crash car in West Covina


A man and woman suffered wounds in a shooting in West Valinda before crashing their car in West Covina late Thursday, authorities said.
The incident was first reported about 9:45 p.m., West Covina police Lt. Travis Tibbetts said.
A car had been involved in a minor crash with another vehicle at Sunset and Merced avenues, he said. The driver and passenger of one of the cars had been shot.
It appeared the crash took place as the woman was trying to drive to a hospital, officials said.
Police soon determined the shooting had taken place across the city border in the unincorporated county area of West Valinda, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. David Contreras said. The specific scene of the shooting had not been found Thursday night.
The male passenger was taken to a hospital where he was rushed into surgery, Contreras said. An update on his condition was not available.
The wounded woman was hospitalized in stable condition, he said.
No further details were available.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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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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