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Michael Di'Shawn Radford, 20

Michael Di'Shawn Radford, a 20-year-old black man, died on Saturday, Jan. 5, after he was shot inside the Gable House Bowl, 22501 Hawthorne Blvd., in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner records. 

Radford was at the crowded bowling alley on Friday, Jan. 4, just before the start of a popular glow-in-the-dark event called Rock-n-Glow,  The Times reported.

About 11:54 p.m. a group of women began fighting, according to a news release from the Torrance Police Department. The fight escalated to include men and then someone began shooting.

Seven people were struck by gunfire, according to the news release. Four were taken to the hospital and survived their injuries. But Radford and two other men, longtime friends Astin Kyle Edwards, 28, and Robert Earl Meekins Jr., 28, were pronounced dead at the scene at 12:07 a.m. 

The cause of death for Radford was listed as gunshot wounds to the torso, according to coroner's records. 

Family members said Radford, Edwards and Meekins were trying to break up the fight when they were shot, the Daily Breeze reported. 

Radford was a resident of the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles, according to coroner's records. 

“He was happy, he was always a protector,” his sister Latrice Dumas, told the Daily Breeze. “That’s how he got into this, he was trying to protect others.”

Two days after the shooting, on Sunday, Jan. 6, Torrance police investigators and SWAT officers arrested Reginald Leander Wallace, 47, in the area of 4th Street and Western Avenue in Koreatown, in connection with the shooting that killed Edwards, Meekins and Radford and injured four others, according to a department news release.

On Feb. 14, Wallace was charged with three counts of murder in connection with the bowling alley shooting, four counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.  

The charges against Wallace also include special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, killing to further the activities of a criminal street gang and allegations of using a handgun that caused great bodily injury and death, according to the release.

According to the complaint, Wallace was convicted of first-degree murder as a juvenile in June 1989, and later convicted of possessing a gun within a school zone in 1997 and assault with a firearm in 1998.  The Times reported he spent 17 years in prison and was released in 2017. 

During a news conference in January, Torrance Police Chief Eve Irvine said the shooting that began as a fight between customers grew to involve 15 people, The Times reported. Wallace pulled a gun from his pocket and began firing into the crowd, Irvine said, adding that it appears he was the only shooter in the building.

Wallace's arraignment has been rescheduled from Feb. 19 and Feb. 28, to March 19 in Room 4 of Los Angeles County Superior Court's Torrance Courthouse. He is being held without bail. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Torrance Police Department at (310) 618-5570. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

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