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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Jean Merl
L.A. County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the unincorporated Florence area, officials said Wednesday. The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 5900 block of Miramonte Boulevard.   The unidentified man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff's department said. No other details were available. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified a Baldwin Park toddler who died at a local hospital Wednesday night. Joshua Anderson Vasquez was 20 months old and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is considering his death “suspicious,” officials said. The incident was reported shortly before 11 a.m. in the 3700 block of Downing Avenue. The child was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead. Department officials said there was no additional information regarding the circumstances of Joshua's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Baldwin Park father was arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing his 21-month-old son, authorities said. David Vazquez, 32, was booked at the Baldwin Park Police Department on suspicion of murder and was being held in lieu of $1 million. Vazquez's son, Joshua , was rushed from the family home in the 3700 block of Downing Avenue shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday to a  hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police had considered the toddler's death suspicious. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Homicide detectives Wednesday night were investigating the death of 1-year-old Baldwin Park girl. The incident was reported shortly before 11 a.m. in the 3700 block of Downing Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The child was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead. Department officials said there was no additional information regarding the circumstances of the child's death. "It's early on in the investigation," Det. Ed Brown told KCAL-TV Channel 9 . "The family is cooperating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating a Tuesday night shooting in Carson that left a man dead and a woman injured. Detectives believe the shooting was gang-related, Deputy Irys Alvarez said Wednesday. Alvarez said the shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. as a group of people were "hanging out" on the sidewalk at the intersection of 169th Street and Billings Drive. An SUV drove by and someone inside fired "numerous rounds" at the gathering before driving off. The man who was struck was pronounced dead at a hospital and the woman was treated for a non-life-threatening wound, Alvarez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A teenager charged with killing his girlfriend's mother and stepfather at their Compton mobile home has an "extremely low" IQ that is consistent with being mentally retarded, an expert testified Tuesday. Giovanni Gallardo, now 18, had an IQ of 57 when he was evaluated after the killings, placing him within the range of mild to moderate retardation, Dr. Deborah S. Miora, a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist, told the court. Prosecutors say Gallardo and his girlfriend killed the adults and later went to stores to purchase supplies for a Halloween party while one of the dead victims was in the back of the Jeep they were driving.
NEWS
May 19, 2013 | By Corina Knoll
Authorities are investigating a deputy-involved shooting in which an armed man on a bicycle was killed in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives responded to the 6100 block of Miramonte Boulevard , an unincorporated area, on Saturday about 9:15 p.m, the department said in a statement. Deputies with the sheriff's Century Station had made contact with a man riding a bicycle who had a handgun, the statement said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated. See the note below for details. Authorities Monday night were seeking the public's help in finding a man suspected of firing a handgun into a crowd and killing a 34-year-old father in Baldwin Park more than two years ago. Johnny Mata, 32, allegedly opened fire on the group in the 13000 block of Francisquito Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Mata fired multiple rounds, striking David De Anda in the torso, according to the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2013 | By Paul Pringle
Gunfire erupted in Compton early Sunday, leaving one man dead and another wounded, authorities said. The shooting occurred at 4:20 a.m. in the 500 block of Long Beach Boulevard , said Deputy Jeff Gordon of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Homicide detectives were still at the scene hours later, he said. Officials did not release the names of the men or any other details of the incident. ALSO: Five die in Bay Area limo fire Springs fire now 60% contained Rain, lower temperatures forecast for Southern California paul.pringle@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2013 | By Mike Anton
Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a man overnight in Hawthorne, officials said. Police responding to the 12500 block of South Cranbrook Avenue shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday found the man lying on a stairwell, authorities said. He had been stabbed multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. A motive is unknown and the county coroner is seeking to identify the victim, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are assisting Hawthorne police in the investigation. Anyone with information is being asked to call the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323)
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