Boy shot in Inglewood attack out of hospital; mother, girl on mend
A 6-year-old boy shot when a neighbor allegedly opened fire on his family at their Inglewood home was out of the hospital Sunday, as his mother and sister continued to recover from their injuries, police said.
The boy was shot in the pelvis during the predawn attack Saturday that killed his father — identified by police as Filimon Lamas, 33 — and the boy's 4-year-old brother, who was shot in the head.
The boy's mother, Gloria Jimenez, 28, was shot in both legs and pelvis and was in stable condition at UCLA Medical Center, Inglewood police Lt. James Madia said. A 7-year-old girl, shot in the chest, was "critical but stable." An 8-year-old boy was not hurt.
Authorities said the parents tried to protect their children. Lamas was found slumped over three of the children; Jimenez, despite being shot in both of her legs, jumped a fence and ran from the residence carrying the 4-year-old.
The violence broke out about 4 a.m. Saturday in the 4900 block of West 99th Street, where neighbors awoke to gunshots, screams and the sight of flames coming from a small house located behind where the family lived.
Awakened by the sound of gunshots, Fanny Paiz opened her window and looked across the dark Inglewood street to a nightmare scene of bloodied neighbors and a house in flames.
"I heard a man yelling," Paiz said. "Then I saw a lady run out into the street with a child in her arms. She was bleeding. She was standing in the middle of the street with the child, whose face was covered in blood. She fell down, screaming, 'He's shooting me. He's shooting me.'"
Aileen Ramirez, 11, who lives behind the suspect's home, said she was awakened by "really, really loud gunshots and screaming. "Somebody was yelling, 'Help me!' I ran outside with my mother and saw the house burning down."
Inglewood police said they believe Desmond John Moses, a 55-year-old man who lived in the home that burned, walked into the family's home and began shooting. Investigators also believe Moses set fire to his home.
As authorities spent the day combing the neighborhood for the gunman, a body was found in the charred rubble of Moses' home about 9:30 p.m., police said. Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Sunday morning that the body had not yet been identified and an autopsy would not likely occur until Monday.
Moses was described by neighbors as a recluse, someone who had not paid his rent in years. His landlord said he had obtained an eviction order Tuesday giving Moses 15 days to move out.
Authorities said his house was jammed with items, complicating the search through the wreckage.
A woman who was crying at the scene Saturday described Lamas, who property records show co-owned a Hawthorne cafe, as a "very hardworking man." He and Jimenez were high school sweethearts, she said.
"Their kids were all the world to them," she said.
— Kate Mather, Bettina Boxall and Louis Sahagun
Photo: Police scoured an Inglewood neighborhood on Saturday for the gunman suspected of shooting a family of five, killing a 33-year-old man and his 4-year-old son. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times