David Raymond Bernal, a 25-year-old Latino, was shot and killed on Sunday, Jan. 28, in the 15400 block of Lefloss Avenue in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Bernal and a friend, David Kirk Vergara, 27, were in the backyard of a Norwalk home in the early morning when Vergara showed Bernal a rifle, according to a Los Angeles County district attorney’s office news release.
The rifle discharged about 4:26 a.m., and Bernal was shot in the head, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore. He was pronounced dead at 4:29 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Both men were drunk at the time of the shooting, Moore said, adding that he didn’t know whether either lived at the house.
Vergara was arrested at the scene, Moore said. On Jan. 30, he was charged with involuntary manslaughter ...
Bryan Erives, a 30-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, Dec. 2, in the 14400 block of Pioneer Boulevard in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Erives was sitting in his car behind R&G’s Food Basket around 8:50 p.m. when several Latino adults approached, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred.
“They had a short conversation, asking him about his gang affiliation, and then one of them opened fire on him,” Alfred said.
He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:45 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Witnesses heard the gunfire and saw the suspects running away, Alfred said. There were early reports about a brown jeep leaving the scene, but investigators aren’t sure whether the men got into a vehicle or fled on foot.
Erives lived in Norwalk ...
Geronimo “Jerry” Gutierrez III, a 43-year-old Latino, died Sunday, Nov. 5, after he was shot in the 10600 block of Imperial Highway in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Gutierrez was shopping at an Arco convenience store at 10602 Imperial Highway around 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, when a 16-year-old girl accidentally bumped into him in the store, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Authorities said the girl’s boyfriend, Nakia Deshone Smith, then began arguing with Gutierrez, and the dispute escalated into a physical fight in the store.
At some point, Smith went to his car, returned with a gun and began shooting, Mendoza said.
The bullets struck Gutierrez in the head and torso, according to coroner’s records. He was taken to a hospital, where he died at 6:56 p.m. the following day.
Mendoza said the bullets ...
James Gregory Medrano, a 26-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, Nov. 19, in the 12200 block of Sproul Street in Norwalk, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Medrano was at the Norwalk Skate Park shortly before 8 p.m. when he noticed a man trying to rob another skater of his board, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Cotter.
Witnesses told investigators that Medrano tried to intervene and got into an argument with the robber, Cotter said. The robber then pulled out a handgun and shot Medrano multiple times.
The skate park was crowded, Cotter said, but when the shooting began, most people ran away, including the victim of the robbery.
Medrano fell to the ground, where he was pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m., according to coroner's records.
The gunman was last seen running through the park ...
Jorge Castillo, a 31-year-old Latino, was shot and killed on Sunday, Oct. 16, in the 12000 block of Molette Street in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Deputies were called to the residential area about 2:29 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch said, and found found two Latino men lying in the street with gunshot wounds.
Castillo, a Downey resident, had multiple gunshot wounds. A 19-year-old had been shot once in the torso but “didn’t have any life-threatening injuries,” Jauch said.
Both men were taken to a nearby hospital, where Castillo was pronounced dead at 3:24 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators don’t know why Castillo was in the area, Jauch said. The other man, who lives in another part of Norwalk, told investigators that he had been visiting a friend in the neighborhood ...
Ruben Edward Gomez, a 20-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, July 4, in the 13000 block of Elmcroft Avenue in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Gomez was standing with four friends in the street outside one of their homes about 11:29 p.m., when a dark-colored SUV drove up, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Cotter.
Someone shouted something from the SUV, Cotter said, and then two people inside the vehicle opened fire.
Gomez was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, according to coroner’s records. He lived within walking distance of where he died.
Two of Gomez’s friends were also hit by gunfire, one in the arm and the other in the leg, Cotter said. They were taken to nearby hospitals and are expected to survive.
Investigators believe Gomez was the target, “based on the ...
Arnold Mendez, a 33-year-old Latino, died Monday, June 20, after he was shot in the 14000 block of Claressa Avenue in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Mendez was shot June 18 about 11:30 p.m. while walking north from his home on Claressa Avenue, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Eddie Hernandez.
As Mendez was walking, a dark-colored, four-door vehicle drove up from behind, Hernandez said. Investigators believe there were several Latinos in the car and at least two of them opened fire on Mendez, Hernandez said.
An ambulance took Mendez to St. Francis Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at 4:24 p.m. two days later, according to coroner's records
Hernandez said investigators believe the shooting is gang-related.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department Homicide ...
Francisco Garcia, a 26-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the corner of Alondra Boulevard and Studebaker Road in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Garcia was in an Acura Integra at a gas pump outside a 7-Eleven when a deputy noticed the car had been reported stolen from Whittier earlier in the day, Lt. Eddie Hernandez said.
Deputies were doing extra patrols and checking vehicle license plates in the area because of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Christopher Bishop as he was shopping at a convenience store the day before, Hernandez said.
The deputy pulled into the station shortly after 5 p.m., parked behind the Integra and went up to talk to Garcia, who was standing outside the car at the pump, Hernandez said.
Garcia told the deputy to leave him ...