Homicide Report: 12 homicides last week, all but one were gunshot victims
Coroner's officials reported 12 killings in Los Angeles County between April 20 and Sunday, bringing the year-to-date total to 211, according to data collected for the Times' Homicide Report database. Countywide homicide numbers this year remain lower than previous years: There were 300 killings during the same period in 2008, and 240 last year.
All but one of last week's victims were shot to death; two were killed by police. Arrests have been made in connection with at least two killings, including the stabbing death of Timothy Hillis, 62, at a motel in Torrance.
Authorities arrested Edward Martinez, 64, on April 20, the day Hillis was killed, based on the accounts of several eyewitnesses. Martinez has been charged with murder.
Monroe, 72, and Ramond
Allen, 36, were both shot
in Watts in incidents that took place about one mile apart. The area
has seen 49 homicides since January 2007.
Although they died one day apart, authorities said Monroe had been in the hospital for three months after he was shot by assailants that walked up to him while he was while working on a car outside a home in the afternoon of Jan. 8.
Julio Garcia, 46, was shot by a Maywood police officer Thursday, April 22, in the 8300 block of Atlantic Avenue in Cudahy, according to authorities. The incident took place shortly before 9:30 a.m. and Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later.
No officers were injured in the incident, authorities said. The shooting is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Lejoy Grissom, 27, was shot by a Culver City police officer April 25. Authorities said Grissom had been pulled over by police because he matched the description of an armed robbery suspect who, a short time later, had brandished a chrome gun while stealing from an electronics store. Grissom's 20-year-old sister Layla, who police said was driving the car, was arrested.
A defense attorney who was nearby and said she witnessed the shooting told the Associated Press that Grissom had his hands in the air when he was shot, an account police said was at odds with other eyewitness statements.
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.
-- Sarah Ardalani
Map shows locations of recent homicides. Source: Homicide Report