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3 Killed, 6 Wounded by Gunfire in L.A. County

July 18, 2001|HECTOR BECERRA and NADRA KAREEM | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

Three people were fatally shot--including a pregnant woman--and six others were wounded Monday night in shootings across Los Angeles County.

In Pomona, police were looking for three men involved in the fatal drive-by shooting of a pregnant 18-year-old and the wounding of two other people, Sgt. Paul Capraro said.

Maria Maya, four months pregnant, was airlifted to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 10:55 p.m., Capraro said.

Maya, a 28-year-old man and another 18-year-old woman were talking about 8 p.m. in front of a house in the 2100 block of Laurel Avenue when three men drove past and started shooting, Capraro said.

The other victims were treated and released from a local hospital.

"Any of the three could have very well been the target, or none [of them]," Capraro said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Pomona Police Department at (909) 620-2358 or (909) 620-3627.

In South Los Angeles, a 20-year-old woman was killed and a 31-year-old man was in critical condition after another drive-by shooting, Los Angeles Police Officer Hayley Purece said.

Jhana Wilson died after being shot in the upper torso, Purece said. Trent Ross was in critical condition at a local hospital, she said. The shooting took place as Wilson and Ross stood outside a residence in the 5400 block of 2nd Avenue.

Two suspects fled in a dark compact vehicle. Authorities asked anyone with information to call Dets. Chuck Tizano and Karen Jones at (213) 485-1385.

In El Monte, Anthony Mark Chavez, 29, was shot to death as he rode his bicycle in the 10100 block of Rio Hondo Parkway about 5:40 p.m., Sheriff's Sgt. Brenda Cambra said.

There was no information about possible suspects, Cambra said. Anyone with information was asked to call Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.

Three people were wounded in other shootings--two in Pacoima and another one in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

Homicides are down overall in most places, including Los Angeles. As of July 7, the number of homicides citywide has decreased by 4% compared with last year.

However, since the summer began, South Los Angeles has seen at least nine people killed by gunfire and 27 wounded.

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