Jaylen Ramon Bell-Maxwell, a 21-year-old black man, died Thursday, Dec. 21, after sustaining blunt force trauma in the 16500 block of South Western Avenue in Gardena, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About noon, Bell-Maxwell was riding his motorcycle when he got into an argument with a driver of an Infiniti sedan, according to Garden Police Department news release. The dispute escalated when the pair collided in the roadway, causing both to veer into a storefront, police said.
Police responded to the scene, and Bell-Maxwell was transported to a hospital, where he died at 12:52 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The sedan driver, Oscar Villa, 24, of Hawthorne, was arrested and charged with murder, according to prosecutors. Detectives said they could not determine what led to the argument.
Villa's arraignment hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.
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Demetrious Thomas, a 29-year-old black man, was fatally shot Wednesday, May 3, in the 2700 block of West 141st Street in Gardena, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 11:30 a.m., Gardena police received a call about shots fired in the area, according to a police news release. Upon arriving, officers found Thomas suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:40 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Detectives later discovered that Thomas was shot while in a nearby alley. Witnesses said they heard Thomas arguing with another man. The other man then opened fire on Thomas, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Gardena Police detectives at (310) 217-9670. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Hollis David Lainer, a 28-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, May 2, in the 1200 block of 141st Place in Gardena, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 7:20 p.m., Gardena police received a call about shots fired near an apartment complex. Once there, officers found three men suffering from gunshot wounds, according to a news release.
A Pontiac sedan was seen driving west on 141st Place where a group of people was standing on the steps of a condominium complex, detectives said. The driver of the vehicle began shooting toward the group before fleeing west toward Normandie Avenue.
Three men, including Lainer, suffered several gunshot wounds and were taken to a hospital. Lainer later died from his wounds. The other two men are expected to recover, according to the release.
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