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Family of shot man who crashed into cop car seeks public's help

Map: Shows location where Jomo Adoula Zambia crashed into a police officer's car, as well as 66 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Los Angeles TimesThe family of a man who crashed his vehicle into an unmarked police car after he was shot while driving in Inglewood asked that anyone with information about the shooting to step forward.

Jomo Adoula Zambia, 26, was found with gunshot wounds to the arm and torso after he crashed into the officer's car Wednesday afternoon. He died at a hospital later that day. The officer, who had to be extricated from the car, was in stable condition Thursday.

Police have not named a suspect in the shooting.

Zambia's sister, Mieshia Zambia, 31, of Palmdale, said her brother had just dropped his girlfriend off at work and was driving back to her place when he was shot, she said. Beyond that, she said, the family knew nothing about the circumstances and is hoping witnesses will come forward with more information.

"We don't know what happened. We don't know why this happened. Any information that anyone has out there would be greatly appreciated," Mieshia said. "We just hope and pray that they find who did this."

She said Jomo shared custody of his 3-year-old daughter. He worked for his father's janitorial service and was hoping to go to school to become a barber.

His family and friends were planning to hold a vigil for him in Inglewood on Saturday.

Inglewood police asked that anyone with information call the tip line at (888) 412-7463.

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Map: Shows location where Jomo Adoula Zambia crashed into a police officer's car, as well as 66 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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