Inglewood shooting suspect was registered as security guard
Little was known about the man suspected of shooting an Inglewood family Saturday — killing a father and his 4-year-old son — but state records showed he was registered as a security guard for nearly three decades.
Online records from the California Department of Consumer Affairs show Desmond John Moses, 55, had held a "guard/patrolperson registration" since 1984. He appeared to have kept up with the renewal process, as the registration was valid until August 2013.
Although those with security guard registrations are also permitted to carry firearms or batons, different permits are needed to do so. There was no indication Moses had a firearms permit in California.
A spokesman said security guard registrations required renewal every two years. When people first apply, they are fingerprinted and run through an FBI and state Department of Justice database. That does not happen when the license is renewed, the spokesman said.
It was not immediately known if Moses currently worked as a security guard. The state does not keep track of where those registered as guards are employed.
Inglewood police identified Moses as the man suspected of opening fire on his neighbors, a family of six, in a predawn attack Saturday. Investigators also believe Moses set fire to his home, where a body was found in the charred rubble Saturday night.
Lamas and the 4-year-old, who police said was shot in the head, later died. Jimenez remains in stable condition at UCLA Medical Center. A 7-year-old girl, shot in the chest, was "critical but stable," police said.
A 6-year-old boy shot in the pelvis was released from the hospital and is resting with family members, a relative said. An 8-year-old boy was not hurt in the attack.
As authorities spent Saturday combing the neighborhood for the gunman, a body was found in the charred rubble of Moses' home that night, police said. Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Sunday 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.
Jaime Jimenez, the brother of Gloria Jimenez, recalled that the recluse who lived behind his sister often grunted when their family greeted him and would complain about the young kids playing in the back yard.
He said the family called the authorities a couple of times due to Moses' secretive nature. Jaime Jimenez feared the neighbor was "not all there."
"The old guy back there just was a lone wolf," said Jimenez, who once lived in the housing complex with family. "He didn't really speak much. Again, he seemed like he kind of minded his own business."
— Kate Mather and Angel Jennings in Inglewood
Photo: Suspect Desmond John Moses. Credit: Inglewood Police