Funds set up for Inglewood family targeted in shooting rampage
Two police departments have set up assistance funds for the surviving victims of a weekend rampage in which five members of an Inglewood family were shot, two fatally, by a masked gunman believed to be wearing body armor.
Authorities believe that 55-year-old John Moses, who rented a bungalow on the same property as the family, shot the parents and children about 4 a.m. Saturday then set fire to his own dwelling.
Moses apparently blamed them for an eviction notice he had received from their landlord.
Authorities uncovered a body they believe to be Moses', clad in body armor, clutching a revolver with a bullet wound to the head, amid the ashes of his home.
Authorities said parents Filimon Lamas, 30, and Gloria Jimenez, 28, both tried to protect their four children when the gunshots started. Lamas and his 4-year-old son were shot and later died.
Jimenez spoke out Monday for the first time since the Saturday shooting, saying it was a "very sad time" for her family. She thanked her community, emergency responders and medical staff "for their ongoing support."
"We appreciate your kind words and thoughts and quick response for our care," she said in a statement. "We feel blessed to have so many people there for us."
Jimenez was in good condition Monday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hospital staff said. Her 7-year-old daughter, who was shot in the chest, was in fair condition at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.The pair's 6-year-old son, who was shot in the pelvis, was released from the hospital Sunday. The couple's 8-year-old son was not injured in the attack.
The Inglewood Police Department set up a fund for the family and said donations can be made to the Lamas Family Donation Fund, account No. 5223, at the ICE Federal Credit Union: 1 West Manchester Boulevard, Suite 603, Inglewood, CA 90301. For more information call (310) 412-5493.
The Hawthorne Police Department also announced it had set up a Jimenez/Lamas Donation Fund for the family. According to a news release, donations can be given at any local Wells Fargo Bank. The account number is 4122412588.
-- Ari Bloomekatz