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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Jose Gallegos, a 50-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, July 3, in the 22000 block of South Neptune Avenue in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Gallegos, a handyman who lived in Carson, had gone to the home of a relative to do some work around 8:30 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Guillermo Morales said.
The relative, Craig Villa, met Gallegos in the driveway, and the two began to argue, Morales said.
“There was an ongoing family dispute,” Morales said. “He was supposed to do some handyman work, but then this ongoing simmering feud reared its head.”
Gallegos left and began walking back to his car. He was in the street when Villa, 40, pulled a gun and shot him multiple times, striking him in the upper torso, Morales said.
Villa then returned to his driveway and shot himself in ...
Frank Hernandez, an 85-year-old Latino, died Wednesday, June 7, after being assaulted in the 300 block of East 220th Street in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Hernandez was walking in his neighborhood around 10 a.m. May 31, heading for a nearby liquor store to purchase lottery tickets, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.
When he was about two blocks from his home, a man ran up behind Hernandez and struck him the head, Alfred said. When Hernandez fell, the man took his wallet.
The attacker then ran to a nearby home, where a man was standing outside the garage. The thief demanded money from that man before striking him in the face, Alfred said. He ran away when the man’s wife came outside.
Paramedics took Hernandez to a nearby hospital. He died a week later, at 4:27 p.m ...
Jorge Victor, a 33-year-old Latino, died Sunday, Jan. 22, after he was shot by police in the 2700 block of East 220th St. in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 10:50 p.m. on Jan. 21, Long Beach police responded to report about gunshots in the 900 block of Via Wanda, according to a news release. They found a man with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and later released.
Gang enforcement detectives looked for the gunman through the night. About 11 a.m. on Jan. 22, detectives identified Victor as the gunman and went to his house in Carson.
As SWAT officers approached the home, Victor fled out the back and jumped multiple fences.
Victor forced his way into a family's home on the same block. Several members of ...
Jose Guadalupe Trigueros, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 5 Wells Fargo Lane in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Trigueros was walking east near his home in a gated community of apartments and condominiums when a man walked up behind him about 12:43 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The man pulled out a gun and began shooting at Trigueros, striking him multiple times in the upper torso, Mendoza said. The suspect, described as a black male in his 20s, then ran west through a walkway between two apartment buildings and out of sight.
Trigueros was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:27 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323 ...
Davion Gregory, a 24-year-old black man, died Sunday, Dec. 11, after he was shot in the 100 block of West Victoria Street in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Gregory and two other men were walking toward the entrance of a warehouse about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, where people had gathered for what was billed as a “Naughty or Nice Pajama Jam” on social media, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Biddle.
As they walked up the driveway, at least one person began shooting, striking Gregory and the two men near him, Biddle said. Investigators believe the three men were friends who planned to attend the party.
The three were taken to a nearby hospital, where Gregory was pronounced dead at 1:51 a.m., according to coroner’s records. His friends were treated for their injuries and released ...
Kurtis Wayne McMorries, a 46-year-old white man, died of multiple gunshot wounds Friday, Nov. 4, in the 22200 block of Catskill Avenue in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
McMorries was sleeping in the garage of a home about 10 a.m. when he heard someone attempting to open the garage door, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch said.
McMorries got up to open the door and was confronted by a man with a gun, who began firing.
McMorries’ girlfriend, who was also in the garage, told authorities that the gunman ran out of bullets, Jauch said, then fled on a motorcycle.
McMorries was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
McMorries’ uncle, Steve McMorries, was in the house when he heard the gunshots. He ran outside and saw a man pointing a gun at his nephew.
“After about ...