Derek Schaefer, a 17-year-old white teenager, was shot and killed Monday, Jan. 1, in the 1500 block of West 205th Street in Harbor-Gateway, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 12:35 a.m., Schaefer and a 16-year-old friend had just left a nearby Wal-Mart and had accidentally set off a vehicle’s alarm when they started running east on West 205th Street, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dawna Killingsworth.
The two boys spotted a dark SUV that rolled by slowly, and a person got out of the passenger side and began shooting at the teens, Killingsworth said.
Schaefer was struck in the torso, and the 16-year-old was struck in the buttocks.
The vehicle continued west on West 205th Street, police said. A party was going on nearby, and attendees called police.
Schaefer was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m. at the scene.
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Tafari Erroll Pipersburg, a 37-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Sept. 19, near 12010 S. Vermont Ave. in Harbor Gateway, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 7:55 p.m., Pipersburg was riding his bike east on West 120th Street when a he was hit by a stray bullet, said Los Angeles Police Det. Nathan Kouri.
A person nearby was shooting at a propane tank, Kouri said, and one of the bullets hit Pipersburg.
The suspect, identified as Perry Charles Townsend, a 27-year-old black man, was charged Sept. 26 with one count of murder, according to court records.
Townsend has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court Nov. 20, according to court records.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 786-5111. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.