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    • How the killing of Latasha Harlins changed South L.A., long before Black Lives Matter

      How the killing of Latasha Harlins changed South L.A., long before Black Lives Matter

      A generation ago, long before Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and the Black Lives Matter movement, the death of Latasha Harlins lit a fuse inside Los Angeles' African American community. Latasha, 15, was shot in the back of the head by a Korean woman who owned a South Los Angeles liquor store. The...

    • 25 years later, vigil marks Latasha Harlins' death, which fed anger during Rodney King riots

      25 years later, vigil marks Latasha Harlins' death, which fed anger during Rodney King riots

      Two weeks after the beating of Rodney King, a Korean-born shopkeeper shot a 15-year-old black girl named Latasha Harlins in the back of her head in a dispute over a bottle of orange juice. Unlike King, the teen did not live to tell about it. The two racially charged incidents sparked outrage in...

    • Separate shootings claim 3 lives in South L.A., two others wounded

      Separate shootings claim 3 lives in South L.A., two others wounded

      One man was killed and two others were wounded in a triple shooting in South L.A. late Wednesday, police said. Authorities described the incident as  drive-by shooting in the 500 block of West 94th Street in Vermont Vista, where a gunman eastbound on the street opened fire on three men outside...

    • Deputies shoot, kill man after finding woman's body in Westmont

      Deputies shoot, kill man after finding woman's body in Westmont

      Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man they confronted early Wednesday after finding a woman's body in a Westmont alley, authorities said. The man, whose name was not released, fired several shotgun rounds at deputies, who returned fire and fatally shot him, said Deputy Grace Medrano of the Los...

    • Suspected gunman, 17, killed when stolen van crashes into LAFD truck

      Suspected gunman, 17, killed when stolen van crashes into LAFD truck

      The investigation continued early Thursday into a police pursuit of two suspected gunmen in a stolen van that led to a violent collision between the van and a fire truck. The crash killed one of the people in the van – whom the coroner would only identify as a 17-year-old male pending notificiation...

    • Two dead, three hurt in South L.A. shootings

      In a violent day in South Los Angeles, two people were killed and three injured in two separate shootings that police believe were gang-related. Shortly before 7 a.m. on Saturday, a man in his 20s was walking westbound on West 82nd Street toward Vermont Avenue when a suspect in dark clothing shot...

    • Man who set off Hollywood Hills manhunt is charged with murder
      Man who set off Hollywood Hills manhunt is charged with murder

      A 54-year-old man who was arrested in San Francisco after eluding a manhunt in the Hollywood Hills was charged with murder this week in connection with a fatal motel room stabbing in the Westmont neighborhood of Los Angeles.

      Oscar Richmond Bridges was charged Tuesday with one count of murder carrying...

    • Manhunt for suspect in fatal Westmont stabbing ends in San Francisco
      Manhunt for suspect in fatal Westmont stabbing ends in San Francisco

      The manhunt for a 54-year-old wanted in a fatal motel room stabbing in the Westmont neighborhood in the L.A. area came to an end over the weekend when Oscar Bridges was arrested in San Francisco.

      According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Bridges stabbed 21-year-old Robert Brewer...

    • Pastor says man shot to death outside his church was not a member
      Pastor says man shot to death outside his church was not a member

      While authorities said a man who was shot to death in the Westmont area Wednesday evening was walking his wife to church at the time, Pastor Anthony Williams said that report is wrong.

      Williams, the pastor at 88th Street Temple Church, said Thursday, "That report is inaccurate."

      The man "was not...

    • Man shot to death while escorting wife to church in Westmont area
      Man shot to death while escorting wife to church in Westmont area

      The man who was shot to death in the Westmont area Wednesday evening was walking his wife to church at the time, authorities said.

      The shooting, which also injured another man, occurred about 7 p.m. in the 8800 block of South Vermont Avenue near the 88th Street Temple Church, according to the Los...

    • One man killed, another injured in Westmont shooting
      One man killed, another injured in Westmont shooting

      Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating a shooting Wednesday evening that killed one man and injured another in the 8800 block of South Vermont Avenue in Westmont.The shooting occurred about 7 p.m. near the 88th Street Temple Church. Both of the victims were taken to a hospital,...

    • Police continue to probe South L.A. shooting that wounded four men
      Police continue to probe South L.A. shooting that wounded four men

      Authorities continue to search for the people responsible for a drive-by shooting Tuesday that left four men wounded outside a home in South Los Angeles.

      The conditions of the men were not immediately known, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Herrera.

      Authorities said the men, who...

    • Four men wounded in drive-by shooting in South L.A.
      Four men wounded in drive-by shooting in South L.A.

      Four men were shot and wounded in a suspected gang-related attack in South Los Angeles, police said Tuesday night.

      The men were sprayed with gunfire when a car described as a burgundy Jeep Cherokee drove by, the Los Angeles Police Department said. 

      The condition of the victims was not immediately...

    • Man sitting in his car dies in drive-by shooting in South L.A.
      Man sitting in his car dies in drive-by shooting in South L.A.

      A 19-year-old man was killed in a drive-by shooting Monday evening as he sat in his car in South Los Angeles, police said.

      The man was sitting in his car near the intersection of Century Boulevard and Vermont Avenue in the Vermont Vista neighborhood when two people drove up alongside him in another...

    • Man gunned down while sitting in his car in South L.A.
      Man gunned down while sitting in his car in South L.A.

      Police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old man who was gunned down Sunday while sitting in his car in South Los Angeles.

      Officers responded to a report of a man shot in the 600 block of West 111th Street in South L.A. at about 10:20 p.m. Sunday, said Officer Drake Madison with the Los...

    • Victims of weekend violence identified by L.A. coroner's office

      Three victims of weekend violence were identified Sunday by the L.A. County Coroner.

      Latorria Westbrook, 26, of Gardena, died of a gunshot wound to the head.

      In a separate incident, Alfred Lopez, 32, and Juan Carlos Martinez, 18, both of Los Angeles, died in an apparent car-to-car shooting.

      Homicide...

    • Woman shot in head and killed on late-night walk in South L.A.

      A woman who was walking with a male companion in a South Los Angeles neighborhood late Friday night was fatally shot when several suspects opened fire on the couple, authorities said.

      It is unclear if the suspects knew the woman or her companion when they drove up next to them in the 500 block...

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