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Detwonia Lamond Harris, 55

Detwonia Lamond Harris, a 55-year-old black man, was shot and killed Thursday, July 25, in the 6300 block of Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Harris was riding an Orange Line bus that had stopped about 1 p.m., when he was shot, police said.

Authorities identified the suspect as Gerry Dean Zaragoza, a 26-year-old Latino who had embarked on a shooting rampage.

“He didn’t even talk to his last victim,” said Los Angeles police Capt. Billy Hayes, who oversees the robbery-homicide division. “He’s getting off the bus and he turns and shoots the person. It doesn’t look like there was any interaction between them.”

Harris was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.

Before Harris was killed, Zaragoza is suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend in North Hollywood and fatally shooting his father and brother in an apartment in Canoga Park.

Detectives reviewed a video from the bus to identify the gunman and determine what unfolded inside, Hayes said.

The department had blasted Zaragoza’s photo across social media, hoping someone would spot him and call law enforcement. 

Two officers with the Los Angeles Police Department and FBI joint fugitive task force spotted Zaragoza about 2:30 p.m. walking on Canoga Avenue near Gault Street and yelled for him to put his hands up. Zaragoza refused, and authorities used a Taser to subdue him.

Zaragoza was charged July 29 with four counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of attempted robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

— Times staff writer Matthew Ormseth contributed to this report.

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