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.
Luis Saldana, a 28-year-old Latino, died Sunday, April 2, after he was shot and run over in the 12700 block of South Avalon Boulevard in South Los Angeles neighborhood of Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Saldana was driving north on Avalon Boulevard, with his wife in the front passenger seat, when a black Honda ran into the back of their car shortly after midnight, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Jauch.
Investigators believe that the black Honda was in a race with another vehicle when the crash occurred, Jauch said.
The accident was minor, Jauch said, but almost immediately after the crash, two men got out of the Honda and began fighting with Saldana. "They were punching him, striking him with their fists," Jauch said.
Saldana's wife got out of the car to help her husband. Then a white ...
Dion Leonard Moss, a 45-year-old black man, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, after he was shot at the corner of Compton Avenue and 118th Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Investigators were called about 4:35 p.m. about gunshots, said Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Police found Moss, who had been shot multiple times, sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car, Mendoza said. Moss’s two adult passengers, a black woman and a black man, were not injured.
Moss was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:48 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the head, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Witnesses said the three friends were talking in the parked car when another car pulled up and at least one person inside began shooting, Mendoza said.
It’s not clear how many people were in ...
Donald Dewayne Gathright, a 33-year-old black man, was shot and killed on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the 300 block of East 142nd Street in Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Gathright lived in Moreno Valley, according to coroner's records, but he was visiting friends about 5:12 p.m. when the shooting occurred, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Troy Ewing.
"All we know is he was hanging out with some people outside and then gunshots were heard," Ewing said. "A neighbor looked out the window, saw the victim lying on the driveway and called 911. When deputies arrived, several people were hanging out on the street, but they refused to give us any assistance or accounts about what happened."
Gathright was shot twice, Ewing said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:35 p.m., according to coroner's ...
Ruben Castellanos, a 27-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, Aug. 22, in the 300 block of East 129th Street in unincorporated Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. Castellanos also went by the name Jonathan Alfredo Lopez-Guzman.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called about 8:23 p.m. regarding a gunshot victim, said Lt. Joe Mendoza. They found Castellanos lying in the street next to his car with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, Mendoza said.
Castellanos was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Witnesses reported seeing several black men running from the scene, a residential neighborhood just east of South San Pedro Street, said Det. Peter Hecht.
The neighborhood is frequented by members of a predominately black gang, Hecht said, and investigators believe the shooting may have ...
Ramiro Lepe, a 39-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Friday, Aug. 5, in the 2600 block of East 129th Street in unincorporated Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The married father of four was celebrating his 39th birthday at his home the night he was shot, said L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Corina.
Lepe was standing on his front lawn with his brothers and a cousin around 9 p.m., when a car drove past the house and stopped. Three men got out of the car and one began shooting at the people in the yard, Corina said. Lepe was struck by gunfire and taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:45 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The assailants, described only as Latino, got back into the red four-door sedan and drove away, Corina said ...
Cordero Dougal, a 26-year-old black man, was shot and killed Thursday, Aug. 4, in the 1300 block of East Imperial Highway in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Dougal and his 22-year-old girlfriend were sitting in his white sedan in the parking lot of a 76 gas station and market about 12:50 a.m. when another sedan pulled up on the driver’s side of the car, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Someone in the second car began shooting with a high-caliber weapon, Mendoza said, striking Dougal and his girlfriend, as well as a 53-year-old man sitting on a wall about 10 feet from the market.
Dougal’s girlfriend managed to climb into the driver’s seat, where Dougal had been sitting, and drive him two miles to the Los Angeles Police Department’s ...
Marcos Perez, a 22-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday, June 28, in the 13800 block of South Avalon Boulevard in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The incident began when Perez, who is suspected of being a gang member, walked up to three men who were sitting in the courtyard outside their apartments around 10 p.m., talking and drinking.
Witnesses told investigators that shortly before Perez appeared, a large, dark-colored American-made sedan drove along the alley next to the courtyard without stopping, Rosson said.
A few minutes later, Perez appeared and “just opened fire indiscriminately at the group,” Rosson said.
The three black men, ages 33, 44 and 49, were struck by gunfire, but at some point during the shooting, one of them or someone else opened fire, striking Perez in the upper torso multiple times, Rosson ...
Natalie Vega, a 3-year-old Latina, died Thursday, June 16, after she was put in a burning car in the 300 block of West 124th Street in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Vega was at Athens Park with her mother, Vanessa Ibarra, a 25-year-old Latina from Los Angeles, about 9:43 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
Ibarra had been living with family in the area off and on but recently had been living out of her SUV with her daughter, Corina said.
That evening in the park, Ibarra set her SUV on fire, Corina said. According to witnesses, Ibarra kept getting in and out of the car, as people shouted at her to get away.
“At one point, she throws the child in the car and gets in herself,” Corina said. “The car ...
Lorne Goree, a 30-year-old black man, died Tuesday, May 10, after he was shot the day before in the 1300 block of East 118th Street in Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The shooting occurred shortly before noon on May 9 as Goree was walking with his uncle in George Washington Carver Park, about a block from where he grew up, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Two men in a dark-colored vehicle pulled up on East 118th Street and fired at Goree, Mendoza said. The car then drove east and out of view, he said.
Goree was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where he was pronounced dead at 8 o'clock the following evening, with a gunshot wound to the head and upper torso, according to coroner's records.
Neither Goree nor his uncle had any gang ...