1 Man Killed, 1 Badly Wounded in Separate Drive-By Shootings

A Lynwood man was shot to death as he stood in his doorway, and a San Pedro man was critically wounded in unrelated drive-by attacks that were blamed on gang members, police said Saturday.

Donald Sarpy, 41, was shot once in the upper chest Friday night as he stepped out of his Lynwood home to call in his 15-year-old son from the front yard, sheriff’s deputies said.

Neither his son nor the several friends standing with him were injured. Although the three occupants of the car yelled gang slogans before one passenger leaned out and fired a handgun, authorities did not know if Sarpy’s son or his friends were gang members, said Deputy Britta Rodela.

Sarpy was taken to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, where he died about three hours later. No arrests were made.

In San Pedro, Chris Solario was shot twice as he stood in front of a residence on 1st Street early Saturday morning, Los Angeles police said.


Solario, 23, was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, where he was listed in extremely serious condition, said Sgt. Jim O’Connor.

The assailants, who were driving a large, dark-colored car, sped off.