Drive-By Shooting Ends in Second Gang-Related Death of Weekend

From United Press International

One gang member was hit in the head and killed and a second was wounded early Sunday by bullets fired from a passing car, authorities said.

The killing was the second gang-related death during the weekend. A 6-year-old boy died Saturday of wounds he suffered in a Pomona drive-by shooting that was apparently directed at a gang member nearby, police said.

Three other people were wounded in unrelated gang shootings, including a 15-year-old shot in the back and critically wounded in the Atwater Village area of Los Angeles.

In Compton, two men were in front of 210 E. Johnson St. when they were hit by gunfire from a passing vehicle, Sgt. John Garrett said.

Both men were taken to the Dominguez Medical Center where a 23-year-old man died of a gunshot wound to the head, he said. A 19-year-old man was treated for an arm wound.

Both victims were identified as members of a local street gang and police believe the attack was gang-related, he said. No arrests had been made.

A 16-year-old boy arrested in the Pomona shooting, which occurred Tuesday and sparked a community march through a gang-infested neighborhood, will face murder charges, police said.

The victim, Daniel Rodriguez, was wounded in the head by bullets that were apparently intended for a gang member who was near him on the porch of a home in the 300 block of East Monterey Avenue, Sgt. David Johnson said.

Rodriguez died at Pomona Valley Community Hospital about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Johnson said.

Also wounded in the attack was Olga Perez, 23, who lived at the home. She was reported recovering from a head wound.

Just hours before the boy died, several hundred people carrying candles and signs marched through a drug- and gang-infested neighborhood in Pomona.

In the Atwater Village area of northeast Los Angeles, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the back and critically wounded in a drive-by shooting along La Clede Avenue late Friday, Sgt. J.J. Cerniglia said.

In southwest Los Angeles, two men were slightly wounded in a drive-by shooting along West 25th Street Friday night.

In a shooting that so far has not been linked to gangs, a man was killed on a South-Central Los Angeles street corner and detectives had no motive for the slaying, authorities said Sunday.

Nicky Miller, 31, was shot as he stood on the corner of Florence Avenue and Cimarron Street about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Lt. George Godwin said.

Miller died at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, he said. Detectives had not established a motive for the killing and no arrests had been made, he said.

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