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January 25, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 19-year-old Torrance man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murdering another city resident who was found shot to death in his car on a residential street earlier in the day, authorities said. About 7:30 a.m., residents of the 2500 block of 178th Street told police that they heard gunshots and ran outside to discover Mark Allyn Smith, 24, slumped in a car. Torrance Police Sgt. Kevin Kreeger said officers then received calls about a man prowling through backyards in the same area.
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January 24, 2001 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an apparent act of road rage sparked by a long red light, two men gunned down the driver of another car and wounded his passenger Tuesday afternoon in Lynwood, authorities said. Witnesses told homicide investigators that at least five shots were fired about 3 p.m. at Long Beach Boulevard and Euclid Avenue in a neighborhood that has come to feel under siege in recent weeks.
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January 13, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Redondo Beach man charged with tracking down and shooting another man he reportedly suspected of raping his wife pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with a deadly weapon Friday in Torrance Superior Court. Anthony Starita, 32, admitted to police last week that he had shot a man in the buttocks at a Hermosa Beach bar hours after his wife identified the man as her assailant, officials say. Starita is free on $40,000 bail. If convicted, he could face more than 20 years in prison.
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January 12, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 15-year-old boy suffered a minor gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon, after a gun he and another boy were playing with discharged on a school bus, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. The student at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera was treated at a nearby hospital and released. His 14-year-old friend, who was carrying the weapon, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.
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January 11, 2001
Sheriff's deputies stormed an Altadena house Wednesday in an unsuccessful search for a man suspected of an attempted murder in that community earlier in the day. Police said James Mosley, 32, of Los Angeles is suspected of firing two shots at two people standing outside a home at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on Rising Hill Road. He then allegedly fled to his mother's home on Aralia Drive.
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January 7, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET
Los Angeles police detectives are looking for suspects in two unrelated fatal shootings that occurred within a mile of each other in North Hills and Panorama City on Friday night. Just before 7 p.m., Dwayne Eugene Earles, 23, of North Hills parked in front of a condominium complex in the 14600 block of Nordhoff Street in Panorama City, planning to visit relatives in the building, Officer Nick Abbinanti said.
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December 30, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET
Shots fired from a white pickup truck injured two people in a car on California 118, authorities said Friday. The shooting occurred at 6:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes near the Balboa Boulevard exit, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jason Lee said. The victims were taken to Granada Hills Community Hospital. One was released and the other was in stable condition Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said. No further information was available for either the suspects or victims.
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December 20, 2000
An estranged husband and wife were discovered dying of gunshot wounds to their chests Tuesday on the grass parkway of a Compton home, authorities said. Maria Cervantes, 43, and Raul Cervantes, 46, were found about 5:45 a.m. in the 800 block of North Thorson Avenue, said sheriff's Det. Toni Martinez. They were taken to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead, Martinez said.
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December 15, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although gun deaths in Los Angeles County were down nearly 10% in 1999 over the previous year, such deaths for senior citizens and Asian Americans increased, a survey by a gun control group disclosed Thursday. Ann Reiss Lane, head of the Los Angeles-based Women Against Gun Violence, was not especially buoyed by the results from her group's annual survey because Los Angeles police figures for 2000 show that the homicide rate in the city--mainly as a result of guns--is up about 24%.
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December 3, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET
A 27-year-old man was in critical condition at a local hospital Saturday after being shot in the head during an argument, authorities said. John Harvey was arguing with Edward Vander, 26, in the 300 block of East Avenue H-14 when Vander allegedly fired a shot that missed and then a second shot, said Sheriff's Lt. Wallace Fullerton of the Lancaster station. Vander fled on foot and reportedly hid in the nearby attic of a female acquaintance.
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