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Kevin Lamar Martin, 45

Kevin L. Martin, a 45-year-old black man, died Friday, Nov. 13, after he was shot in the 12900 block of Doty Avenue in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Martin was standing with his cousin in the driveway outside his apartment about 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, when a man drove up and began shooting, according to Hawthorne Police Lt. Aimee Yoshida.

The two men were taken to a nearby hospital.  Martin was put on life support, Yoshida said. He was pronounced dead the following day at 3:31 p.m., according to coroner’s records. His cousin was treated for a gunshot wound in his arm and released.

Investigators believe Martin and his cousin were victims of a crime spree where two others were killed.

John Revels, a 64-year-old Lancaster man, was seen leaving the scene of the shooting, police said, and authorities notified other local law enforcement agencies to be on the alert for his gold-colored Jaguar.

After the Hawthorne shooting, police said that Revels drove to the Exposition Park area of Los Angeles, where he allegedly shot and killed his brother, Paul Revels, 67, at his home in the 1500 block of West 36th Street.

Paul Revels was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead two days later.

After allegedly shooting his brother, John Revels drove to Las Vegas, where he knew other people, Mendoza and Yoshida said, but investigators found no evidence of any further violence.

Revels was driving back from Las Vegas Nov. 13 when his gold Jaguar got a flat tire and he pulled over to the side of the 15 Freeway. California Highway Patrol officers spotted his vehicle, and as they approached Revels, he shot himself.

After the shootings in Hawthorne and Los Angeles, investigators asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to check on John Revels’ girlfriend, Cornelia Adrienne McIntosh, who lived with him at his Lancaster home, according to a LASD news release.

Authorities on Friday, Nov. 13 found McIntosh, a 63-year-old black woman, in the hallway of her home with fatal gunshot wounds. 

Investigators believe she was Revels’ first victim. Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said Revels left a note in his home but it didn’t explain his motive for the shootings.

“Basically all it said was, ‘I’m sorry and I leave everything to my son,” Mendoza said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the connection between Martin and John Revels, Yoshida said.  Authorities believe the two men were acquaintances, but it’s not clear how they met.

Martin was the primary caregiver for his disabled mother, who was inside their apartment when he was shot, said Jason Addy, one of Martin’s other cousins.

Addy said the family didn’t know Revels and is uncertain about why he would want to harm Martin.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hawthorne Police Department at (310) 349-2820 or the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

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