By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
THURSDAY, April 30
Juanita Rena Pettaway(also spelled Pedaway)Jerel ChannellDarnell Levalle Mallory
TIME: 12:10 a.m. LOCATION: Intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Seward Street, Hollywood
These three African-American robbery suspects, Pettaway, 38, Channell, 26, and Mallory, 18, died in a police pursuit. Mallory, the driver, lost control and slammed into a fire hydrant and brick wall. Police said the suspects tossed out a gun and stolen property during the chase.
Ira Frederick McCurry
TIME: Unknown, body found at 12:10 a.m. LOCATION: Intersection of 102nd Street and Avalon Boulevard, Watts STATUS: Open case, LAPD's Southeast Division: (213) 485-6902
McCurry, a 45-year-old white male, was found dead on the street, shot through the right eye as he pleaded with looters not to burn down a store next to his house. He was a maintenance worker for L.A. County Parks and Recreation Department.
TIME: Unknown LOCATION: Found near intersection of 114th Street and Central Avenue, South-Central L.A.
Harrison, a 17-year-old African-American, was found with a bullet wound in his chest. Detectives speculated Harrison might have been a sniper shot by police; the case appears closed.
Meeker Mardah Gibson
TIME: Body found at 4:30 a.m. LOCATION: 1040 E. Holt Ave., Pomona 0STATUS: Open case, Pomona Police: (909) 622-1241
Gibson, a 35-year-old African-American, may have been talking on a gas-station pay phone when he took a shotgun blast to the chest. His body was found May 1. His wife, Valerie, survived him.
TIME: Body found between 7 and 8 a.m. LOCATION: 2882 Ninth St., Koreatown STATUS: Open case, LAPD Criminal Conspiracy Section: (213) 473-7474
Ross, a 25-year-old African-American, burned to death inside a grocery store looted and torched in Koreatown. Ross died, curled up under a metal desk in the office, with a wad of cash in a pant pocket. The coroner ruled the death a homicide.
Brian Edmund Andrew
TIME: 12:30 p.m. LOCATION: 1116 N. Chester Ave., Compton
Compton Police officers said they saw Andrew, a 30-year-old African-American, looting a store on Chester Avenue. Andrew hit one officer in the head with a bottle, and another officer fired a shot at point-blank range, hitting Andrew in the face. The District Attorney's Office ruled the shooting to be justifiable.
TIME: Between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. LOCATION: Intersection of Slauson Avenue and Seventh Avenue, South-Central L.A. STATUS: Open case, LAPD's 77th Division: (213) 485-1385
Epstein, a 45-year-old white man from Orinda, was westbound on Slauson Avenue in South-Central, when someone in another car fired at his vehicle. The shot hit Epstein in the left temple. His Ford Thunderbird kept going until it hit a tree. While Epstein lay bleeding, rioters robbed him and looted his car. The crowd's hostility was so intense, police towed the car with the body still inside. Epstein had come to L.A. to check on his business. He left behind a wife, Stephanie.
TIME: 3:15 p.m. LOCATION: Alondra Boulevard, east of Willowbrook Avenue, Compton STATUS: Open case, Sheriff's Homicide Division: (323) 890-5500
The riot did not keep Monterey Park resident Lam, a 25-year-old Vietnamese-American, from trying to make deliveries for his family's small grocery. He was eastbound on Alondra Boulevard, in his 1989 Toyota truck with a camper shell, and stopped at a red light at Willowbrook. A late-1970s or early-1980s blue Cadillac pulled up, and a front-seat passenger, described as an African-American man in his early 20s, yelled a racial slur and opened fire, hitting Lam four times, three times in the chest and once in the back.
TIME: 4:20 p.m. LOCATION: Intersection of 107th Street and Burin Avenue, Lennox
Sheriff's deputies chased a carload of suspects fleeing a looted jewelry store near 110th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard. When the getaway car crashed, the suspects ran a short distance and exchanged gunfire with deputies. Garcia, who had followed in another car, joined the chase. The 15-year-old Mexican-American was shot in the chest. A gunshot-residue test showed that Garcia had not held a weapon, the shooting was ruled justifiable.
TIME: 4:45 p.m. LOCATION: 2740 W. Olympic Blvd., Koreatown
Bettan, a 30-year-old Algerian-born Frenchman, worked as an armed security guard at a shopping center, where he joined a group of armed storeowners defending their property. During one looting spree, Bettan was shot. The round blew off the top of his head. According to the coroner's report, Bettan's wound seemed "inconsistent with the weapons wielded by the rioters. It more nearly matched the high-powered rifles used by the shopkeepers." LAPD investigators determined Bettan had been accidentally shot by one of his employers. No charges were filed.
TIME: Sometime before 5:30 p.m. LOCATION: 16th Street, east of Central Avenue, Central City
Lopez, a 36-year-old transient, was found face down on the street. He had been hit by a car. Lopez's family was never found, and the county eventually buried him. His death was ruled accidental.
TIME: 6:35 p.m. LOCATION: 1900 block of Lemon Street, Long Beach
A mob of a dozen or so African-American youth set upon Haines, a 32-year-old white man, as he rode his motorcycle with his roommate on back. They pulled Haines, a local motorcycle mechanic, and his friend off the bike, robbed them and shot Haines. Ironically, Haines was on his way to meet a black friend to help him move. Seven of his attackers were found guilty or accepted plea agreements.
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