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  • Man shot, wounded while driving in South Los Angeles

    Man shot, wounded while driving in South Los Angeles

    A 32-year-old man was shot and wounded Monday afternoon while driving in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The man was hit by gunfire just after 2 p.m. at the intersection of Hooper Avenue and Adams Boulevard, said Lt. Ellis Imaizumi, a watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department's...

  • Good Samaritan chases suspected drunk driver near USC, is then stabbed

    Good Samaritan chases suspected drunk driver near USC, is then stabbed

    A good Samaritan was stabbed in the hand after chasing down a suspected drunk driver who had plowed into parked cars near the USC campus overnight Sunday, police said. The stabbing occurred near East 35th Street and Hooper Avenue after the driver stopped their car, said Los Angeles police Sgt....

  • Gang member sentenced to death for 49th Street Massacre called 'evil'

    Gang member sentenced to death for 49th Street Massacre called 'evil'

    Calling him a "ruthless killer who had no qualms about killing children," a Los Angeles County judge sentenced a gang member to death Friday for the murder of four people, including a 10-year-old boy fatally shot in one of the city's most notorious acts of gang violence. Superior Court Judge Stephen...

  • Verdict reached in 49th Street Massacre death penalty trial

    Verdict reached in 49th Street Massacre death penalty trial

    Jurors have reached a verdict on whether a gang member convicted of killing four people -- including a 10-year-old boy -- should be executed or serve the rest of his life in prison, authorities said. The verdict is expected to be read in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom later today, officials with...

  • Gang member who killed four deserves to die, prosecutor argues

    Gang member who killed four deserves to die, prosecutor argues

    A gang member convicted of fatally shooting four people -- including a 10-year-old boy riding a bicycle outside his home -- deserves to die for his crimes, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy Ashvanian said Charles Ray Smith was responsible for two separate deadly shootings...

  • Victims' relatives tearfully testify about effects of 'massacre'

    Victims' relatives tearfully testify about effects of 'massacre'

    Maria Rodriguez wept in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Nearly seven years after her boyfriend was gunned down by two men carrying AK-47s, Rodriguez tearfully recounted Thursday how she later broke the news to their young daughter that her father would not be coming home. "I just told her, 'One...

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