Tauvaaga “Judy” Lauvai, a 53-year-old woman of Samoan descent, died Saturday, June 16, after she was shot in the 22700 block of Island Avenue in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Lauvai, a native of Carson, lived in Tempe, Ariz., but she and her husband had returned to Carson to visit family over Father’s Day weekend, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Her family had gathered on the front porch of her mother-in-law’s home shortly before 9 p.m. when a light-colored four-door sedan stopped in front of the house, Mendoza said.
Someone inside the car began shooting toward the porch, and Lauvai was struck by the gunfire, he said.
Investigators don’t have a motive for the shooting, “but we don’t believe she was the target. We believe this was just a random shooting,” Mendoza said ...
Donnelle Ali Taufaao, a 20-year-old Samoan man, was shot and killed Saturday, March 17, in the 600 block of East University Drive in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Taufaao was standing outside a strip mall liquor store around 9:45 p.m. when a car drove up and he started talking to the man inside, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.
“The conversation got heated, and the witnesses said they could see it going sideways. They ran inside the liquor store, heard the shots and then came out and saw the victim on the ground,” Alfred said.
Taufaao was pronounced dead at the scene at 10 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The coroner’s office said Taufaao was from Lynwood, but investigators think he most recently was living near where he was shot.
The gunman, described only as a Latino adult, drove ...
Paul Lawrence Freeman, a 57-year-old black man, died Thursday, Feb. 11, after he was shot in the 19800 block of South Leapwood Avenue in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Freeman was at home, where he lived with his brother and mother, when he and his brother, Rodney Freeman, 56, got into an argument around 2 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Paul Freeman picked up a baseball bat and began swinging it at his brother, Mendoza said.
The younger brother had a gun, Mendoza said, and when his brother hit him with the baseball bat, Rodney Freeman shot him in the chest.
Paul Freeman was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Rodney Freeman, who stayed at the shooting scene, was arrested on suspicion of murder ...
Marquez Dejon Trammel, a 21-year-old black man, was shot and killed Thursday, Oct. 26, in the 19400 block of Pricetown Avenue in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Trammel was standing in front of his home with another young man when they were approached by two black males about 8:50 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore.
The newcomers “said something to the victims and immediately after started shooting at the victims,” Moore said. “The victims ran away, but they were both struck by gunfire.”
Trammel was pronounced dead at the scene at 9 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The other victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Moore said.
It’s not clear whether Trammel and the other victim are related or just friends, Moore said.
The suspects walked up to Trammel’s ...
Franklin Bamba Atoigue, a 46-year-old Pacific Islander, died Friday, Oct. 6, after he was shot in the 23500 block of Panama Avenue in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Atoigue was visiting friends in Carson and they were hanging out in the garage when someone knocked on the door at 5:35 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
When Atoigue opened the door, someone outside opened fire, striking him in the torso, Mendoza said.
Atoigue was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:11 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The shooter fled on foot, Mendoza said. Investigators don’t have a description of the gunman or a motive for the shooting, although they say it does not appear to be gang-related.
Atoigue was born in Guam and moved to California with family in 1981 ...
Michael Antonio Ochoa, a 34-year-old Latino, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, after he was shot at Idabel Avenue and Fairhaven Street in Carson, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators.
Ochoa was walking near his home around 2:30 a.m. when he was shot, but no one reported seeing the shooting, Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
Deputies went to the intersection after someone called 911 and reported hearing gunshots.
“We think he was hanging out, just walking from one place to another area he frequents,” Mendoza said. “When the deputies arrived, he was lying on the ground, unconscious, with at least one gunshot wound to the body.”
It’s not known whether the shooter was on foot or in a vehicle, Mendoza said. “All we have is people who heard a shooting.”
Ochoa was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:59 a.m., according to Mendoza ...
Jennifer Ball, a 36-year-old white woman, was found beaten to death Tuesday, Sept. 5, under the South Figueroa Street overpass, south of West Griffith Street in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A person walking early that morning saw Ball lying on the Dominguez Channel Bike Path, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The pedestrian called 911, and paramedics pronounced Ball dead at the scene at 7:14 a.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the head.
Investigators think Ball was homeless and was living along the channel, Mendoza said. No weapon was found, and authorities have no motive for the killing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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