Nathaniel Grace, a 45-year-old black man, was shot and killed Monday, Feb. 19, in the 12000 block of South Willowbrook Avenue in the South Los Angeles community of Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Grace was inside his apartment with six other friends around 3:45 a.m. when a man knocked on the door, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The people inside the apartment told investigators they couldn’t identify the man, although they had seen him approaching through the window, Mendoza said.
When they didn’t open the door, the man outside began shooting, Mendoza said. The bullets struck Grace, who was standing on the other side of the door.
Witnesses told investigators they saw the man, described only as black, run toward a white sedan, which sped away. It’s not clear whether the shooter got into the car ...
Frank Curtis Douglas III, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed Thursday, Feb. 15, in the 300 block of East 139th Street in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Douglas had spent Valentine’s night with a friend in Willowbrook and went outside to his car shortly before 6 a.m. to go to work, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.
He was inside his white Dodge Charger when someone walked up to the car and shot him multiple times through the driver’s side window, Alfred said.
“He probably never saw it coming,” Alfred said.
Douglas was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:14 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators don’t have any suspect information, Alfred said.
Douglas was a lead inspector for Acuren Inspections in Torrance, where ...
Gustavo Campos Gutierrez, a 20-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Saturday, Jan. 20, in the 12700 block of South Main Street in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, according to Lops Angeles County coroner’s records.
Gutierrez was driving south on South Main Street about 7 p.m. when he pulled over to the curb just south of East 127th Street, about a half block north of a Jack in the Box restaurant that was his intended destination, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
It’s not clear why Gutierrez pulled over, Mendoza said, but as soon as he stopped, a Latino adult standing on the sidewalk began shooting into the car.
Gutierrez was struck by gunfire. His passenger, a male juvenile family member, was not injured.
The passenger called 911 and Gutierrez drove a few blocks south, to 135th Street, where he stopped ...
James Edwards Bills Jr., a 57-year-old black man, died Wednesday, Oct, 18, after he was stabbed in the 100 block of West 132nd Street in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Bills was one of many homeless people who live in cars or motor homes along this wide, industrial street, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred.
Investigators think some kind of argument occurred that morning around 8:55, and Bills was stabbed, Alfred said.
Bills was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:01 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators believe they have recovered the weapon, “an improvised stabbing instrument,” Alfred said. They suspect is described as a black male in his late teens who is considered to be a transient.
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Jose Eduardo Ornelas, a 41-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Tuesday, July 18, in the 14800 block of South Spring Street in West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Ornelas was shot in an industrial area where many motor homes are parked, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Cotter said. “For lack of a better term, it looks like a homeless encampment,” he said.
Ornelas had parked a motor home on the street in the days before his shooting, Cotter said. Around 2:25 a.m., he was standing in the street talking to a woman in a vehicle when a white SUV pulled up beside them, Cotter said.
“A male got out of the driver’s seat, yelled something at both of them, and then he started shooting,” Cotter said.
Both the woman and Ornelas were struck by gunfire and taken to a ...
James Anthony Brown, a 31-year-old black man, was fatally shot Monday, May 29, in the 13700 block of South Willowbrook Avenue in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Brown, a Compton resident, was standing outside in a residential area with a few other people around 7:30 p.m. when he got into an argument with another man, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said.
The man pulled a gun and began shooting, striking Brown and one of his companions, Moore said.
Brown was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:41 p.m. The other shooting victim, a Latino from Compton, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, Moore said.
Percy Roberto Sisniega, a 38-year-old Latino from Lynwood, was arrested later that day, Moore said, based on witness reports.