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February 12, 1993
A Los Angeles police officer was accidentally shot Thursday by a fellow officer while he and four other officers were serving an arrest warrant on a 12-year-old murder suspect at a city-owned housing project near Chinatown, police said. Detective Mike Vaughn, 46, was in "good shape" at County-USC Medical Center after being shot in his upper shoulder, said Lt. William Hall, head of the Los Angeles Police Department's Officer-Involved Shooting Investigative Team.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1999
A 33-year-old man who fatally shot his ex-wife's fiance, a deputy sheriff, was convicted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter. The verdict was a blow to prosecutors who had sought a first-degree murder conviction, arguing that Baudilio Perez had illegally entered his former wife's house in March 1997 with the intention of killing John Thompson, 33. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jacqueline Lacey could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 9-year-old boy died Monday evening after he was hit in the head by a bullet apparently fired indiscriminately into the air during Fourth of July celebrations. Brian Perez died a day after being admitted to County-USC Medical Center with a bullet wound that reportedly penetrated his brain. He never regained consciousness after collapsing on his front porch while playing a game with friends.
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July 6, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 9-year-old boy died Monday evening after he was hit in the head by a bullet apparently fired indiscriminately into the air during Fourth of July celebrations. Brian Perez died a day after being admitted to County-USC Medical Center with a bullet wound that reportedly penetrated his brain. He never regained consciousness after collapsing on his front porch while playing a game with friends.
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September 7, 1994 | ALICIA DOYLE
Victor Tamayo, a Van Nuys 14-year-old shot in the face by a 12-year-old friend Friday, was reported in "stable and improving" condition Tuesday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Victor was critically injured when he and his friend, Roberto Ortiz Jr., were playing with a loaded .38-caliber handgun. They were playing with the weapon in the living room of Roberto's Van Nuys apartment when the gun went off, striking Victor in the left upper cheek.
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August 2, 1991 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boxer John Bray of Van Nuys, the national amateur heavyweight champion, narrowly escaped death this week when a nine-millimeter handgun he said he was cleaning discharged as he looked down the barrel. Bray, 21, the likely U.S. representative in his division in the 1992 Olympic Games, was listed in good condition Thursday, two days after the accident, at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. The bullet entered his slightly open mouth and exited through his cheek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1997
A Los Angeles police sergeant was accidentally shot in the leg while arresting an armed 63-year-old man, police said Friday. Sgt. Robert McDonald, 37, was wounded in his left calf when the suspect's gun discharged about 10 p.m. Thursday in the 5300 block of Russell Avenue, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Helen Lloyd. McDonald, checking a "shots fired" call, saw Stanford Schroeder with a semiautomatic pistol, Lloyd said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1992
A 21-year-old man was fatally shot outside a Van Nuys restaurant early Sunday while showing friends his collection of semiautomatic weapons, police said. Heoc Kee Yoon was shot in the chest shortly after 2 a.m. in the rear parking lot of the Seoul Seoul restaurant in the 8200 block of Louise Avenue, Officer Walter Thornhill said. Yoon was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center and died less than two hours later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1992
Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against a South-Central Los Angeles man whose 4-year-old daughter was killed in an accidental shooting at home. The 4-year-old girl was shot March 11 by her 6-year-old sister who found her father's loaded rifle and accidentally fired it. Wayne Dailey was facing possible prosecution because of a new state law that makes it a crime to keep a loaded weapon at home within reach of children. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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August 4, 1990
A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed by his friend as they were "horsing around" with a gun they had just used on an outing to a shooting range, authorities said Friday. Investigators said the shooting Thursday evening on Front Street in Norwalk was an accident, but Bryan Lowenberge, 19, of Cerritos, was held without bail on suspicion of murder at the Norwalk sheriff's station, Deputy Rafael Estrada said.
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August 13, 1998
A 17-year-old boy, who allegedly shot a friend to death when a loaded rifle he was handling abruptly fired, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, authorities said Wednesday. The teen was being held at the San Fernando Valley Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, said Det. Marshall White of the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire station. Robert Villareal, 18, of Sun Valley, died from a single gunshot wound to the upper torso Sunday about 11:30 p.m.
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August 8, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 23-year-old man was killed by his own gun when a 4-year-old neighbor wandered into his bedroom, picked up the loaded rifle hidden beneath a bed and shot him, authorities said Friday. Isaac Alvarez died Thursday night at Pacifica Hospital of the Valley in Sun Valley where he had been fighting for his life after being shot in the back of his neck on July 17, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Rick Papke. "It's another tragic example of people not putting their guns away," Papke said. About 7:45 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1998
A 15-year-old boy who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for accidentally shooting his best friend to death in April was sentenced Thursday to the California Youth Authority. Deputy Dist. Atty. Shannon Presby said that the teenager, a suspected member of the Crenshaw Mafia Bloods, had bought the gun on the street for $25 and that he and Denrel Martell Hudggins, 15, were checking it out when it went off, shooting Hudggins in the face. "They were goofing around," Presby said.
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August 7, 1998 | EVELYN LARUBBIA
A 15-year-old boy who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for accidentally shooting his best friend to death in April was sentenced Thursday to the California Youth Authority. Deputy Dist. Atty. Shannon Presby said that the teen, a suspected member of the Crenshaw Mafia Bloods, had bought the gun on the street for $25 and that he and Denrel Martell Hudggins, 15, were checking it out when it went off, shooting Hudggins in the face. "They were goofing around," Presby said.
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August 6, 1998 | JACK LEONARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 13-year-old boy playing with a hunting rifle was shot and killed when a friend grabbed the weapon and fired at the boy's head, thinking the weapon was unloaded, police said Wednesday. Danny Sarmiento died instantly, Whittier Police Officer Chuck Drylie said. Danny and his brother were playing in their Whittier home with a 14-year-old friend about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, Drylie said. Danny was playing with a large-caliber, lever-action rifle, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1998
A 9-year-old girl found a gun while playing in a woman's office in Gardena and accidentally shot her 6-year-old sister to death, authorities said Sunday. The two girls were playing Saturday evening inside a trailer office on the grounds of B&G Industrial Rentals, in the 1600 block of West 130th Street, when the older sister found a handgun mounted underneath a desk, police said.
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August 21, 1989
A rookie Los Angeles police officer suffered a minor injury early Sunday when his service revolver discharged after he apparently fell asleep and drove off the southbound Santa Ana Freeway near Irvine, police said. The bullet grazed a leg of the officer, Bryan Haney, 28, and he was treated and released at Saddleback Community Hospital in Laguna Hills, Detective Charles Humphrey said. Haney, who has been on the police force about eight months, had gotten off work at Rampart Division about 3 a.m.
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September 4, 1994 | ALICIA DOYLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As Alicia Ayon held her son's hand, she could feel the pulse of his beating heart. "I know he knows I'm here," whispered Ayon, as she sat in an intensive care room Saturday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where her 14-year-old son, Victor Tamayo, lay unconscious from a gunshot wound to the face. Ayon has maintained an around-the-clock vigil at her son's bedside ever since Victor was critically injured Friday while he and 12-year-old Roberto Ortiz Jr. were playing with a loaded .
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May 20, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER
Prosecutors will not file criminal charges against an 18-year-old Woodland Hills woman who fatally shot her landlord last month, allegedly to halt a sexual assault. Karen Walkden shot James Galido in the chest April 23. She told Los Angeles police that Galido, a 31-year-old stockbroker, followed her into the garage apartment she was renting from him and began making threatening statements.
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April 11, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy in Van Nuys encouraged the victim's best friend and alleged killer to turn himself in Friday. Denrel Martell Hudggins of South Los Angeles was accidentally shot by a childhood friend, also 15 years old, while playing with a gun, a friend of the suspect said. On Thursday afternoon, a neighbor who heard a shot called police, and officers found Denrel lying on the living room floor, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.
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