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Vermont Vista: David Colone, 32

October 1, 2009 | 12:45 pm

The location where David Colone was shot. Click for the Vermont Vista Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.

David Colone, a 32-year-old black man, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, after he was shot in 10000 block of South Figueroa Street in Vermont Vista, authorities said.

LAPD Det. Sal LaBarbera said Colone had just gotten food from Tams, a burger stand, and was eating in his car in the parking lot when he was shot.

Witnesses told detectives they may have seen a black man running from the scene, but LaBarbera said they are still looking for more witnesses to provide additional information.

LaBarbera said the killing could be gang-related because of the circumstances of the shooting and the area it occurred in. He added that Colone was a gang member when he was younger, but was not an active gang member at the time of his killing.

Colone was shot about 11:30 p.m. and died just before midnight at a hospital, LaBarbera said.

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Map: The location where David Colone was shot. Click for the Vermont Vista Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


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Comments (6)

David was not a gang member the police will say whatever it takes to take the pressure off of them solving the case. This area is infested with drug users and real gang bangers. Others have been rob and kill at this Tam's Restaurant after getting their food. This information is posted on the web-site as a killing location. David killing was senseless like so many other killing in America. The true fact is we are under seize firer this is a War. More innocent people have been kill in America War then over seas. We need the President help because the police department is not handling the problem. It is really sad because this only happen in certain areas and that is the one of the reason the killings continues to happen. AND THAT IS A TRUE FACT!

Losing your LIFE, while eating a burger. How Horrible. We must lose our flesh lives for the Lord, and prepare for his return. Because if you haven't figured it out yet, this life is NOT where its at. R.I.P

I went there with my bro a few months ago..also a couple a months ago with my lady...im from Long Beach...and normally I do not travel in to blood neighborhoods...but Denver Lanes Bloods..and Hoover Crips been fightin over there for over 20 years...it never stops...that man felt safe right there because...one he is a grown man in America ...and two...he probably did this hundreds of times in his life...but this night...it was his night to become a victim of South Central LA streets....killers always kill at the same spots....This man is not the first to be killed or shot here.....If you go there...there are NO SEATS....there are bars all over the place and bullet proof glass around the little opening...it a walk up window and a drive through window..you cannot go in. The outside seats they had were removed years ago...and if you look up the local gangs Denver Lanes and Hoover Crimminals on youtube...there are various threats about comming to Tams and dont go to Tams or get killed or what ever in the comment section......Ive seen that crap before I stopped there and ate ....but I did it in broad day light...the graffiti all over the front of the hamburger stand is a real warning to stay away...cus you never know who will run up on you there........

man,i stay around the corner and i heard the shots,jumped up and checked outside i made my way up to tams only to see paramedics and police arriving and frantically trying to work on the young man.i whispered a prayer as floods of memories invaded my mind,it seem to me we are killing/dying at a alarming rate.tams has good food but this location is bad.gangs ,.drugs and prostitution.seem like the higher ups(the law)would be all on this joint but as always they dont live around here so the job is just a pay check,write a ticket and go home.my prayers to all you readers, stay prayed up and always check your surroundings.

You are right on one thing, it is a war going on in some parts of South Central LA. Everytime the police crack down in these neighborhoods, the ACLU and other activist hold a news conference blasting the police. This poor man is another victim in the senseless violence going on in South Central.

David was a very dear friend. We attended David Starr Jordan High School together. It saddens me to hear that I will never get a chance to converse with him again. We use to talk on the phone. I really hope they find the individual that took his life. My heart goes out to the family. May god bless you in your time of need.

Verdie Biscoe aka "Mia"



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