A jury has found a Bell Gardens man guilty of murder in the 2015 shooting deaths of two brothers in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County district attorney’s records.
Pedro Vasquez, a 24-year-old Latino, was convicted Sept. 22 of two counts of second-degree murder for killing Antonio Aguilar, 33 and his brother Juan Valenti Aguilar, 28, at Ruben Salazar Park on Nov. 22, 2015.
A news release from the district attorney’s office said the jury also found it true that Vasquez used a handgun in the killings.
Vasquez is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 8 in the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.
The Aguilar brothers were in the park about 11 a.m. when Vasquez and two other people came up to speak with them, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators. Witnesses reported that as ...
Ricardo Herrera Jr., a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday, Oct. 17, near East Third Street and South Indiana Street in Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Herrera and a 35-year-old man were riding their bikes north on South Indiana Street near the Metro Gold Line Station about 1:30 a.m. when a gunman on the west side of the street shot them, Los Angeles Police Det. Jose Ramirez said.
Herrera was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:17 a.m.
The other man was hospitalized but is expected to survive, Ramirez said. Both victims lived near the scene, police said.
Detectives are still trying to determine whether the gunman opened fire while on foot or from a vehicle.
The men who were shot were not documented gang members, Ramirez said.
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Francisco Trejo Jr., a 19-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Monday, Oct. 16, near Foothill Boulevard and Terra Bella Street in Lake View Terrace, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 2:25 p.m., officers from the LAPD’s Foothill Division responded to a shots fired in the area and found “evidence of a shooting” at the intersection, according to a statement provided by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Trejo was found with gunshot wounds in his vehicle, a dark-colored GMC Yukon, about a block away, at Osbourne Street and Foothill Boulevard.
Trejo was stopped at a red light when a car pulled up on the passenger side and shot into the victim's vehicle, police said. Trejo tried to drive away and his vehicle crashed into the Discovery Cube, a children’s museum, police said.
The suspect was described as a heavy-set Latino in a blue Toyota ...
Corey Daily, a 16-year-old black youth, was shot and killed Monday, Oct. 16, in the 1500 block of West Anaheim Street in Harbor City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 6 p.m., Daily was in the courtyard of an apartment complex with a group when someone began shooting, striking him several times, according to a news release from LAPD. Daily was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:04 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Preliminary interviews indicate that the gunman walked up and fled on foot, said Los Angeles Police Det. Julie Scruggs.
Detectives are trying to determine the motive for the killing.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (310) 726-7887 or (310) 726-7886. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Cameron Troy Neal, a 39-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the 300 block of West Pondera Street in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before the shooting, Neal was with friends about 9 p.m. inside the business space he rented in Suite A of Pondera Plaza at the northwest corner of West Pondera Street and Trevor Avenue, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred.
Neal and the other people were hanging out, Alfred said, when a man in a hoodie walked into the shop and began shooting, Alfred said.
The man didn’t speak, Alfred said. “He just came in and opened fire.”
Neal, a resident of Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:14 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
No other injuries were reported.
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Rafael Arturo Gonzalez, a 37-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Wednesday, Oct. 11, near the intersection of Towne and Vinton avenues in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Pomona police responded about 9 a.m. to call about a shooting in the area, according to Sgt. Brian Hagerty, and found several bullet casings.
The 911 caller said a man in a vehicle had been shot, Hagerty said. A friend in the vehicle drove Gonzalez to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:07 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Police are looking at security footage of the area and interviewing witnesses.
Pomona police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call the department at (909) 620-2085. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Oracio Garcia, a 29-year-old Latino, was killed Sunday, Oct. 8, after he was struck by a car in the 16600 block of Paramount Boulevard in Paramount.
Garcia and a friend were at Buchones Bar at Paramount Boulevard and 70th Street around 1:30 a.m. when they got into an argument with four other men, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The argument turned physical and spilled outside, Mendoza said.
During the fight, one of the men got into his car and drove the wrong way on Paramount, heading north in the southbound lane, Mendoza said.
The car struck Garcia, and afterward, another of the four assailants got in the vehicle. The car, a dark sedan, was last seen heading north on Paramount, Mendoza said.
Garcia, a Paramount resident, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:16 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
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DeAnthony Wills, a 28-year-old black man, was shot and killed Sunday, Oct. 8, in the 2600 block of Lantana Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Wills, a resident of Perris, was visiting friends in the neighborhood about 6 p.m. when he got into an argument with a man in the middle of the street, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The other man pulled out a gun and began shooting at Wills, Mendoza said. The shooter, a black man in his 20s, then got into a white sedan and drove away, heading east on Lantana and north on Wadsworth Avenue, until he was out of view, Mendoza said.
Wills was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
“DeAnthony was a loving father, son and brother ...