Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

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Erika Aguilar covers Orange County for KPCC. Prior to that she was the station's crime, courts and public safety reporter.

Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."

Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

Suspect pleads not guilty in USC Halloween shooting

A man charged with attempted murder in a Halloween shooting at the USC campus pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Former Santa Fe Springs councilman sentenced to 2 years for taking bribes

A former Santa Fe Springs council member has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking $10,000 in bribes to influence the city's policy on marijuana dispensaries.

Opening of new south LA animal shelter delayed

The opening of a new South LA animal shelter has been pushed back by construction delays. Animal advocates fear the delay will put more animals at risk.

UPDATED: Shootings injure 7 at Halloween celebrations in Hollywood, USC

Two males are in serious condition and at least two are in custody in the USC shooting. The other victims are expected to live. The school's president has issued a statement.

Shooting at USC: 4 injured outside campus Halloween party

The L.A. Times is reporting that four people were wounded at USC when shots were fired at a party on campus.

3 shot in Hollywood amid Halloween festivities

Three people were injured Wednesday night — one critically — when gunfire erupted near Hollywood and Highland Boulevard during Halloween festivities.

FBI: Decline in violent crime nationally & in Los Angeles

FBI crime stats for 2011 show an overall decline in violent crime nationwide for the fifth straight year. L.A. mirrored that trend, but Anaheim reported an increase.

Downey: Murder charges filed in shootings of 3 last week (PDF)

Prosecutors filed murder, attempted-murder and other charges Monday against the 30-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed three people last week in Downey.

Suspect in Downey triple murder is expected to be arraigned Monday

The man suspected of shooting and killing three people last week in Downey at a business and home is expected to make his initial appearance in court Monday.

Arrest made in Valley Village crash & electrocution deaths

Police say the driver who crashed into a fire hydrant and a utility pole in Valley Village, killing two good Samaritans, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Police question man in killings of 3 Downey family members

The man, who fits the description of the shooter, is one of four people detained for questioning. The others have been released and police have identified the deceased.

Updated: 4 detained in killings of 3 Downey family members

Four people have been detained for questioning in connection with Wednesday's fatal shootings that left three dead in Downey, police say.

3 family members killed, 2 hospitalized in Downey shootings

Police are investigating shootings in Downey that may have killed three people and sent another two to the hospital, according to NBC LA.

D.A.: No charges for false 911 caller in McDade case

Oscar Carrillo lied when he told a dispatcher he had been robbed at gunpoint. Police subsequently shot and killed an unarmed suspect

UPDATED: Coroner releases findings in Tony Scott suicide

Preliminary findings in the suicide of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott showed no cancer, despite an early report claiming Scott suffered from brain cancer.