Denzel Wesley Jones, a 22-year-old black man, was fatally shot Sunday, July 29, in the 11900 block of Willowbrook Avenue in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Jones was standing outside a friend’s home, talking with a small group of friends, when a man walked up and began shooting in their direction shortly before 1 a.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The gunfire struck Jones and one of his friends, a Latina adult, Mendoza said.
Jones was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:02 a.m. according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
The Latina was shot in the cheek and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Mendoza said.
Investigators don’t have a motive for the shooting. Jones, a resident ...
Frank James Stringfellow Jr., a 19-year-old black man, died Tuesday, July 10, after he was shot at 11800 Wilmington Ave. in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Stringfellow was in his car about 9:35 p.m. July 9, trying to turn around in a McDonald’s restaurant parking lot, when someone began shooting, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Derrick Alfred.
“We think he was going to get food, and maybe the line was too long because he started to make a three-point turn, and while he was making the turn the suspect came up and shot him inside the car,” Alfred said.
Stringfellow was able to complete his turn and drive a short distance in the parking lot before he collided with another car, Alfred said.
He was taken to a nearby hospital ...
Mayra Karina Portillo-Moreno, a 29-year-old Latina, was fatally shot Saturday, April 21, in the 12400 block of Grandee Avenue in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Portillo-Moreno and Juan Rodriguez, her longtime boyfriend, were having an argument around 1:40 a.m. in the home they shared with their three children, ages 8, 3 and 1, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore.
During the argument, Rodriguez picked up a gun and fired several times at Portillo-Moreno, Moore said. The shots struck the woman in her upper torso. Their 8-year-old daughter also was shot, Moore said.
Deputies found Portillo-Moreno dead in the house with her two younger children, who had not been injured during the shooting.
Investigators later learned that Rodriguez had driven the oldest child to the hospital. She was admitted in critical condition, Moore said ...
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.
Anyone with information is asked to ...
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 ...