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Alleged Gang Member Charged in Fatal Shooting

An alleged Inglewood gang member was charged Tuesday with murder in the July 27 shooting death of a man in the underground parking lot of a North Hills apartment building.

Thomas McGruder, 22, faces a preliminary hearing on Sept. 23, Deputy Dist. Atty. Karen Parsons said. McGruder is being held on $1-million bail.

Devonshire homicide detectives said the shooting apparently occurred during a dispute over a drug deal. The slaying does not appear to be gang-related, Detective Tom Broad said.

The 8700 block of Orion Street, where the shooting occurred, has become a notorious illegal drug market and gang members from other areas sometimes frequent the area to ply the drug trade. Two men were slain there in July.

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In the shooting that resulted in the murder charge against McGruder, neighbors who heard gunshots called police. Officers found the body of 31-year-old Jeffrey Winfrey, of Marina del Rey, slumped in the seat of his car. He had been shot in the head.

Broad said information from a witness led detectives to McGruder, who was taken into custody on Friday.


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