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August 14, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU and EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A shootout Sunday between armored car guards and gunmen, one armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, left one bystander dead and at least three people wounded after a botched robbery outside a Van Nuys Costco store teeming with shoppers, authorities said. Panic-stricken customers, many with children, dived for cover in the pandemonium. Bullets shattered car windows 100 yards away.
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April 3, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Unified School District has hired more than 750 of the 1,000 security aides it decided to employ after the mass shooting last year at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The aides, equipped with radios, keep watch during school hours, reporting potential threats and other problems to administrators, district spokesman Tom Waldman said. The district announced in January that it would spend about $4 million to hire 1,087 aides. The move followed the December shooting deaths of 26 people, including 20 first-graders, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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October 1, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A videotape played Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom showed that Latasha Harlins had turned away from a scuffle with a Korean grocer when the black teen-ager was shot in the back of the head. "This is not television. This is not the movies. This is real life," Deputy District Attorney Roxane Carvajal had warned the jury. "You will see Latasha being killed. She will die in front of your eyes."
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December 14, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The crew of "NCIS: Los Angeles" was in the middle of filming a scene on the Venice boardwalk when a man wearing only his underwear and a cape rode by on his bicycle shouting obscenities. On another occasion, a stranger wielding a plastic light saber showed up on the set and challenged one of the actors to a duel, temporarily halting production. "Those kind of things continually go on in Venice, but we love going down there because it's so colorful and captures the essence of what people think Southern California is — the beaches, the sunshine, the palms and the craziness," said Tony Salome, location manager for the crime drama starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. Venice Beach, a storied cinematic backdrop since the silent film era, continues to play a starring role in Hollywood.
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February 23, 1993 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dimitri Vadetsky waved a meaty, muscular hand toward the tree-shaded campus at Reseda High School and spoke sternly--a tone befitting his job as assistant principal: "I defy you to find . . . one hair out of place. We're so proud of this school. That's why this shooting doesn't make sense. It just doesn't." The 59-year-old Vadetsky is a symbol of this San Fernando Valley high school. He's proud to a fault.
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August 12, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A 21-year-old gang member was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in what authorities have characterized as the revenge killings of a South-Central Los Angeles minister's wife and her teen-age son. Eric Dicks, who was convicted by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury after a week of deliberations, could be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, the district attorney's office said.
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February 22, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG and ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When the first sharp cracks of gunfire erupted across the street from the West Los Angeles balloon store where he works, Monet Delapaz figured it was just a car backfiring on Santa Monica Boulevard. But when the blasts continued in a furious burst--from five to 10 to somewhere around 15--he knew what had happened. "Another one bites the dust," he thought to himself. "The watch store again." Delapaz was correct. What he heard Thursday afternoon was yet another gunfight at The Watch Co.
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December 21, 1989 | JOHN JOHNSON and EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An admitted gang member was acquitted Wednesday of murder charges arising from the so-called "54th Street Massacre" in 1984, when five teen-agers were shot to death in what authorities said was one of the worst incidents of gang violence in Los Angeles history. After a six-month trial and five days of deliberation, a Superior Court jury found Fred (Fat Fred) Knight, 22, innocent on five counts of first-degree murder. "We're ecstatic," Joel R.
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December 5, 1991 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lance Thomas wasn't kidding when he told people that no robber would walk out of his watch store on Santa Monica Boulevard. On Aug. 19, 1989, he inflicted a bullet wound just below one gunman's nose. The man, who had tried to rob The Watch Shop, was taken to a hospital on a stretcher and has since been sentenced to prison, police said. On Nov. 27 of that year, despite wounds in his neck and shoulder, Thomas shot and killed two armed robbers at his tiny Westside shop.
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August 2, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tragic saga of 3-year-old Stephanie Kuhen's slaying two years ago came to a wrenching conclusion Friday as three Cypress Park gang members were sentenced to what could amount to life in prison for killing the toddler and attempting to gun down five others including her mother and two young brothers.
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October 30, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein, Robert Faturechi and Richard Winton
When the sound of gunfire shattered the peace of morning prayer Thursday at a North Hollywood synagogue, the shock waves traveled fast and far. Was it a hate crime? An act of terrorism? An isolated incident or part of a wider plot? These were all real fears in a city where, 10 years ago, a white supremacist gunman terrorized a Jewish preschool and murdered a postal carrier, and where police have been on alert for acts of terror since Sept. 11, 2001. By day's end, authorities had come to believe that the shooting, in which two men were wounded, was probably a far more mundane crime.
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December 27, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gunfire pierced an alley fence Christmas Day, striking and killing a 46-year-old woman as she visited a neighbor in Southeast Los Angeles, police said. Etelinda Moreira was in her neighbor's kitchen about 5 p.m. Tuesday when someone opened fire in an alley on the 11200 block of South Main Street near 112th Street, said Sgt. Henry Quan of the LAPD's Southeast Division. At least one bullet struck a van parked in the backyard--narrowly missing two children, police said.
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November 19, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando judge is set to decide if the North Valley Jewish Community Center can be sued for failing to protect 5-year-old Benjamin Kadish from a racist gunman who opened fire inside the Granada Hills facility in August 1999, injuring the boy and four others.
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November 5, 2001
Two men were killed and another was wounded in two Highland Park shootings Sunday that may have been related, authorities said. Officers responded to the first incident at 2:30 a.m. in the 6000 block of Fayette Street, where two men were found shot, said Los Angeles Police Det. David Torres. Edmundo Mendoza, 44, was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he died at 3:07 a.m.
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October 23, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A shooting that left three men dead and two teenagers wounded in Lake View Terrace was an ambush by a rival gang member, police said Monday. Killed Sunday were Alex Garibay, 19, Raul Silva, 18, and Arturo Becerra, 20, all of Lake View Terrace, said coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier. The injured teenagers, a male and female, were recovering in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening, police said. Police declined to identify them because of their age.
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October 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles police are searching for a gunman who fatally shot one man and wounded two other people in the Harbor Gateway area late Saturday. The man, whose name was not released, was shot about 10 p.m. in the 1500 block of 204th Street, Los Angeles Police Sgt. A. Wallace said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, she said. Another victim, who suffered a gunshot wound to the foot, was in stable condition at a hospital.
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February 21, 1992 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armed robbers keep gambling that they can hold up The Watch Co. in West Los Angeles. And they keep losing. Two more were shot to death Thursday at the small shop where owner Lance Thomas buys and sells expensive Rolex watches and antique pocket timepieces, police said. That brings the total to five killed and one wounded at the shop since August, 1989. Shortly after 4 p.m.
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September 13, 1992 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The truce that has united Bloods and Crips could not save the life of Jackie Winters. After nearly seven years behind bars at the California Youth Authority, the 22-year-old member of the Six-deuce East Coast Crips was released in April, determined to make a fresh start on life. With tensions just beginning to subside in the South-Central gang world, his family was optimistic he would succeed.
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September 24, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 29-year-old Los Angeles man was in critical condition after being shot early Sunday, a Los Angeles police officer said. Donald Frank was the victim of an attempted murder about 3:40 a.m. in the 5400 block of Wilshire Boulevard by unknown people, Officer Don Cox said. Paramedics took Frank to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition late Sunday. LAPD detectives said they did not know a motive for the shooting; it remains under investigation.
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August 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two people were shot just blocks apart Friday afternoon in South Los Angeles, police said. A 31-year-old man was shot near Manchester Boulevard and Western Avenue, said Lt. David Lindsay. The unidentified man was in critical condition at a local hospital. About a minute later, a 19-year-old man was shot at Western and 88th Street, Lindsay said. That man was hospitalized in stable condition. The shootings may have been gang-related, Lindsay said. No suspects were in custody late Friday.
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