Four days, 11 homicides, several police investigations

Law enforcement agencies are investigating a string of deaths throughout L.A. County. Many are the result of drive-by shootings.
By James Wagner
3:22 PM PST, November 18, 2008
Area law enforcement agencies are investigating the deaths of 11 people — mostly young men killed in drive-by shootings — in separate incidents over the last four days in Los Angeles County.

The most recent shooting occurred Monday night in Pomona when officers found an 18-year-old man laying on the ground near West 11th Street and Water Avenue, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, said Sgt. Rob Baker of the Pomona Police Department.

Craig Harvey, chief of investigations for the L.A. County Coroner’s office, said a man had apparently jumped out of a vehicle and shot the victim, who died en route to a hospital. Police believe the shooting may be gang-related.

On Sunday afternoon, a 19-year-old man was shot and killed while sitting with friends outside an apartment building in the 120 block of South Westmoreland Avenue in Westlake, said Sgt. Ruby Malachi, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

A black sports utility vehicle with tinted windows stopped in front of the building, and a man with spiked hair, ranging from 25 to 30 years old, fired several rounds at victim Edward Ruacho, of Los Angeles, with a handgun. Police believe the SUV driver was a man in the same age range as the shooter, with a shaved head and wearing a baseball cap.

Earlier that morning, an 11-month-old infant, Daniel Reyes-Falla, was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center after he was found unresponsive at about 6:30 a.m. in a bedroom in his home, Harvey said. No injuries were found on the infant’s body, he said. Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating.

Just before midnight Saturday, two people were shot in separate but related drive-by shootings in Boyle Heights, Malachi said. George Ramirez, 20, of Pico Rivera, was fatally shot multiple times in his garage in the 500 block of South St. Louis Street when a black Cadillac drove by, officials said. About a minute later, a 19-year-old man was killed on the same block by someone driving by in a white car, she said.

About 15 minutes earlier, a man was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at the intersection of South Figueroa Street and West Colden Avenue in southeast L.A., Malachi said. Ulysses Real, 19, of Los Angeles, was taken to a hospital, where he died. The other man was believed to be in serious condition, police said. They believe the shooting was gang-related.

At 11 p.m. in Van Nuys, a man died in a drive-by shooting in the 7300 block of Hazeltine Avenue, Malachi said. Coroner’s officials identified the man as Albert Solis, 24, of Van Nuys. Police believe the shooting was gang-related.

At 10 p.m. in South Gate, a man was stabbed to death in the 2800 block of Firestone Boulevard, said Deputy Byron Ward of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Jose Rodriguez, whose age and last known residence were unknown, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Coroner’s officials were attempting to contact Rodriguez’s parents in Mexico.

Just after noon Saturday, David Flores, 23, of La Puente, was stabbed several times near the intersection of Cadwell Street and Molinar Avenue in La Puente, Harvey said. Flores died about three hours later, and sheriff’s detectives are investigating.

Early Saturday morning, a female passenger in a car in the 15000 block of Bassett Avenue in North Hollywood was killed when a dark-colored PT Cruiser drove by and someone inside fired several shots at her, Malachi said. Teresa Ortiz, 17, of North Hollywood, died at a hospital, Harvey said. Police believe the shooting was gang-related.

On Friday in South Gate, Gilberto Ramos, 33, of South Gate, was shot in the 8500 block of Santa Fe Avenue at about 11:45 p.m., officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. David Infante of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities are searching for a white or gray compact car, possibly an older model Honda, last seen leaving the area after the shooting, Infante said.

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