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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Jimmy Bigges Jr., a 21-year-old black man, died Friday, Feb. 17, after he was shot by three Gardena police officers in two incidents, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. Bigges used the name Jimmy Briggs Jr.
About 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, two Gardena Police Department patrol units noticed an argument in the parking lot of the Lucky Lady Casino in the 1000 block of West Rosecrans Boulevard, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
A security guard was trying to calm the arguing men, so the officers pulled into the parking lot to offer assistance, Mendoza said.
The details of what happened next are sketchy, Mendoza said.
When the officers drove up, Briggs was crouched behind a vehicle. “The officers’ attention was drawn to the argument and the security guard, and then this third male [Briggs] shoots his gun,” Mendoza ...