Homicide Report: 16 killings last week in L.A. County, two blocks apart on same day
Coroner's officials reported 16 killings in Los Angeles County between Jan. 24 and Monday night, bringing the year-to-date total to 50, according to data collected for The Times' Homicide Report database.
There were 12 people killed over the same period last year, 13 fewer than in 2009.
Two homicides from last week took place on the same day, within blocks of each other. The location, in Historic South-Central, has seen more than 160 homicides within two miles since January 2007.
On Jan. 28, police received a call about 8:20 p.m. regarding a shooting near 43rd and Main streets, said LAPD Newton Det. M. Terrazas, who is handling the case.
When authorities arrived, they found Joey Gutierrez, 23, with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was taken by paramedics to California Hospital Medical Center, where he died about an hour a half later, Terrazas said.
Investigators do not have a description of the shooter, but they believe the incident was gang-related.
The shooting occurred at 9:42 p.m. during a "drug deal gone wrong," said Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office.
Valdovinos was also taken to California Hospital Medical Center, where he died at 10:05 p.m. Coroner’s records show he had been shot several times.
Officials do not believe the two shootings are related.
The Times' Homicide Report provides an interactive map and database of all homicides in Los Angeles County reported by the coroner since Jan. 1, 2007.
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Top map shows all homicides in Los Angeles County for the week ending Jan. 31. Bottom map shows location of Jan. 28 fatal shootings and 159 other homicides within two miles since January 2007. Source: Homicide Report