Weekend shootings, other violence leave 6 dead, several injured in L.A. County

An LAPD patrol car sits outside a strip mall in Arlington Heights.
An investigation is underway after two men were killed and a woman was wounded early Monday in a shooting at a strip mall in the Arlington Heights area of Los Angeles.

A spate of shootings and other violence rippled across Los Angeles County over the weekend, leaving six people dead and several others injured.

The violence began on Friday, minutes before 3 p.m., when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies found a 17-year-old boy suffering from gunshot wounds in the 6600 block of Holmes Avenue. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to a news release.

Just after midnight Saturday, Los Angeles police responded to calls of shots fired at a public housing complex near 114th Street and Parmelee Avenue in Nickerson Gardens. Officers arrived at 12:41 a.m. to find an 18-year-old man with gunshot wounds, unconscious and not breathing, LAPD spokesman Officer J. Chaves said.

Christopher Castellan Roque, 18, died in his yard, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.


Police have initiated a homicide investigation.

In the early hours of Sunday, a shooting brought officers to the 13600 block of Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, a usually cheery block lined with eateries and shops.

Two people — a man in his 20s and a woman in her 30s — had been shot and were taken to a hospital, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Officer Mike Lopez said. Both are in stable condition, he said. Friends of another man in his 20s brought him to a medical center to treat gunshot wounds, according to police.

Witnesses said there may have been an altercation that led to the shooting, Lopez said. Police detained one man, but it was unclear whether he was arrested, according to Lopez.

ABC-TV Channel 7 reported that someone drove by and shot into a small crowd gathered outside the Woodman bar.

Later Sunday night, an argument just before 9 p.m. in North Hollywood ended fatally when a 50-year-old man struck a 70-year-old man with a blunt object, Lopez said. The blow made the older man crumple, and law enforcement officers found him dead in the 5700 block of Klump Avenue, police said. The suspect, whom police did not identify, is in custody.

The COVID-19 pandemic — which has kept many businesses closed and many people at home — is definitely a major factor, though analysts say the full answer is likely more complex.

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Less than two hours later, Hawthorne police received reports of a shooting near the municipal airport in the 12000 block of Crenshaw Boulevard, according to a news release. But when officers arrived about 10:45 p.m., they found no evidence of a shooting. Moments later, they received reports about a car crash less than a mile south, in the 3300 block of El Segundo Boulevard.

Hawthorne police found a 49-year-old man dead in his car with a gunshot wound to his chest — possibly the victim of the earlier shooting, police said.

On Monday shortly after midnight, another shooting brought Los Angeles police to a strip mall parking lot at the corner of Crenshaw and Washington boulevards, where two men were found dead in what could be linked to gang violence, Lopez said.

Los Angeles police found one man in his vehicle, unresponsive, when they arrived about 1 a.m., according to a department news release. Officers draped white cloths over the windows of the red sedan, video from OnScene.TV showed. The video showed another man, facedown and bleeding, in the parking lot. A woman who was shot while inside her vehicle was taken to the hospital in stable condition, Lopez said.

“No information on suspect at this time,” he said.