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 ...