Estephan Hernandez, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, Sept. 28, in the 1100 block of East 148th Street in West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Hernandez was sitting in his parked car talking to a friend when a black, four-door sedan drove up beside them about 9:30 p.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
A person in the sedan fired while the car was in motion, Mendoza said. The vehicle was last seen driving west on 148th Street, away from Hernandez’s car.
Hernandez, a college senior scheduled to graduate in the spring, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene at 9:45 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
His friend, a 21-year-old woman, was wounded and taken to the hospital. The woman is expected to survive her injuries, Mendoza said.
Hernandez lived ...
Dante Daniel Koger, a 36-year-old black man, was shot and killed Sunday, July 30, in the 15000 block of South Avalon Boulevard in West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The night of the shooting, Koger was hanging out with a group of people in the parking lot of a liquor store at South Avalon Boulevard and East Compton Boulevard around 8:55 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.
A white SUV drove past the parking lot, and someone inside began shooting, Alfred said.
Koger was shot in the head, Alfred said. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 11 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Nobody else was injured, Alfred said.
Investigators don’t know whether the shooting was random or if Koger was targeted. They don’t have a description of the shooter. ...
Juana Lopez-Saldana, a 35-year-old Latina, died on Friday, April 7, after she was shot at the intersection of East Alondra Boulevard and South San Pedro Street in West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Witnesses told investigators that Lopez-Saldana was driving a car with a man beside her about 5 p.m. when she pulled over, jumped out and ran to the back, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Ewing.
The man, later identified as Jorge Reyes, 35, the father of their six children, got out holding a gun, Ewing said.
Reyes chased after Lopez-Saldana, shooting at her from a distance, Ewing said. When she fell, witnesses told police, he walked up to where she was lying and shot her again, Ewing said.
He then got back into the car and drove away northbound. Investigators found the car a quarter of ...
Grady Lee Wilcots, a 53-year-old black man, was pronounced dead Tuesday, June 28, after he was shot the day before at the corner of South Central Avenue and East 148th Street in West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Wilcots was working with a construction crew that was repaving South Central Avenue at 4:05 p.m. June 27, when a young Latino ran from 148th Street and shot him multiple times, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Rosson.
“There were probably 20 to 25 members of a crew working at that time, and it appeared to the witnesses that he [the gunman] ran straight up to Wilcots and opened fire,” Rosson said.
Wilcots was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next day at 7:07 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the head, according to coroner's records ...
Dewayne Bernard Christian, a 43-year-old black man, died Friday, Feb. 19, after he was shot in the 14500 block of South Cairn Avenue in West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Christian was driving home about 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, heading north on a narrow residential street, when he was shot multiple times, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The gunshots hit Christian in the upper torso. His dark-colored, four-door sedan continued north on Cairns “for a very short distance,” Mendoza said, before striking a parked vehicle about a block from his home.
Christian was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:50 a.m. on Feb. 19, according to coroner’s records.
Neighbors told investigators they heard shots and then spotted a light-colored sedan speeding north on Cairn Avenue, Mendoza said. Investigators don ...
Jose Edwardo Avila, a 14-year-old Latino boy, was shot and killed Saturday, Nov. 14, in the 14000 block of South Keene Avenue on the border of West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Avila was sitting with his father on the front porch of their home about 9:35 p.m. when two black males walked up to the house, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Jauch.
At least one of the men opened fire, Jauch said, and Avila was shot in the upper torso.
Avila was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:06 p.m., according to coroner's records.
His father was not injured. Jauch said investigators don't have a more detailed description of the shooters, and they don't know whether they escaped on foot or got into a vehicle. ...
James Dion Batiste, a 46-year-old black man, was shot and killed Friday, July 31, in the 14400 block of South Loness Avenue in unincorporated Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner records.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the scene shortly after midnight after receiving a call about a gunshot victim.
When deputies arrived they found a man later identified as Batiste lying inside the doorway of a residence with gunshot wounds in his upper torso, said Det. Ray Lugo. Batiste was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:36 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
A second man, who also lived at the residence, was found with four gunshot wounds in his torso. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, Lugo said.
Investigators believe the two men shot each other during ...
Antoine Levelle Earley, a 36-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, April 1, in the 15000 block of South Haskins Avenue in West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Earley was walking to his black sedan parked in the driveway of a home shortly after 6:30 p.m. when a white compact SUV pulled up, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A black man in the right front passenger seat got out of the car, walked up to Earley and shot him, Hernandez said. The SUV then fled southbound on South Haskins Avenue and out of view.
Earley was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m., said coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to ...