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Inglewood man died defending his son; now family offers $10K reward

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Fredrick Martin Jr., an Inglewood resident who worked in Pasadena, died protecting his son Fredrick "Tre" Martin III.

An Inglewood family is offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of whoever killed Fredrick Martin Jr., whose last act was shielding his 8-year-old son from gunfire.

Last week was a terrible one in Inglewood, with multiple shooting deaths -- and three unrelated shootings on Tuesday alone. But the most egregious incident may have been the one involving Martin, 28, who was helping clean the garage at his grandmother’s house, located on the 3200 block of W. 109th Street, on Tuesday with his son and a friend when they heard gunfire nearby. Martin pushed the boy to the ground and shielded him from bullets.

He was struck in the torso and abdomen and died in surgery at about 10 p.m. that night. His son, Fredrick “Tre” Martin III, suffered a minor graze wound.

Friends and family said Martin, a college graduate who worked as an analyst at a Kaiser Permanente facility in Pasadena, had never been involved in gangs. They said he stayed away from gangs by not wearing certain colors and avoiding certain streets. They also said he was a devoted father who was expecting his second child later this year.


Pasadena police held private meeting with NAACP and clergy over McDade shooting

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Law enforcement, clergy members, and the head of the Pasadena NAACP held a private meeting Tuesday to discuss the police shooting of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade, says the Pasadena Star News.

The popular football star from Azusa High was shot and killed by two Pasadena police officers on Saturday night following a foot pursuit. Officers said McDade reached for his waistband, prompting fears that he had a gun. No weapon has been found.

Prior to the shooting, McDade and a suspected teenage accomplice were allegedly involved in the attempted robbery of a taco truck patron. 

The robbery victim, who pursued the pair on foot, called police and reported that one of the men was armed with a handgun.

The pair split up while running, and the teen was apprehended later that evening and arrested on suspicion of murder.


Wilshire Blvd shut down, shooting and standoff near Miracle Mile

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Photo: KTLA's David Begnaud via Twitter

Sky 5 photo of LAPD and shooting suspect at Mansfield and Wilshire near Miracle Mile.

A section of Wilshire Boulevard is shut down near Miracle Mile after a man was shot around 1:45 p.m. Monday at South Orange Drive, LAPD Officer Greg Baek told the L.A. Weekly.

The shooting victim survived and was taken to a local hospital. LAPD radio traffic reportedly indicated that a wounded man was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

News outlet footage depicts a standoff LAPD SWAT members and the suspect. According to reports, Wilshire is closed from Highland Avenue to La Brea.

Reporter David Begnaud has been live tweeting images from the KTLA helicopter circling over Wilshire and Mansfield. 

Updated 4:20 p.m.: The suspect was taken into custody around 3:30 p.m.

Updated 6:12 p.m.: The man is accused of shooting another man in the face, the Associated Press reports.

Los Angeles police Officer Karen Rayner says the suspect, whose name was not released, was taken into custody after an hour-long standoff that brought traffic in the area to a halt.

Rayner tells a local wire service that the shooting was the culmination of a dispute that began on a bus around 1:45 p.m. Monday.

Police found the suspected shooter in front of a BMW dealership a few blocks away. Rayner says officers fired a couple of bean bag rounds at him, but he refused to surrender. Eventually a SWAT team was called in and surrounded the man.

Rayner says the victim is listed in critical but stable condition.


21 years in state prison for man convicted of killing Art Center instructor

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Steven Ronald Honma, the Westlake Village man convicted of fatally shooting Art Center College of Design instructor Norman Schureman at a party in 2010, was sentenced today to 21 years in state prison, the District Attorney’s Office announced. 

56-year-old Honma and 50-year-old Schureman were attending a Persian New Year’s Eve party on March 20, 2010. Honma was asked to leave after getting into a fight. The defendant left the party and went home, two doors away from the party. He returned with a serrated knife, numerous concealed weapons, and ammunition.

A fight ensued when Honma was asked to leave again. He drew a handgun and shot the popular Pasadena art college instructor, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation. Schureman was later pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. Over 300 friends, co-workers, and students attended a vigil in his honor shortly after his death.


Unfazed by Taser, officers shoot and kill metal pole-wielding man


A suspect carrying a long metal object approaches police on Monday at a Carl's Jr. in Monterey Park, CA.

A witness video of a fatal shooting in a Carl's Jr. parking lot on Monday appears to show the third time in three days that Los Angeles County authorites used lethal force on a suspect.

The incident began at the restaurant in the 1200 block of Cesar Chavez Avenue just before 9:30 a.m. on Monday, said the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

The suspect, carrying a long metal object, walked "slowly and calmly" to the side of the building before "very nonchalantly smashing in the windows with his weapon," wrote the witness below a YouTube video that aired on network television news. 

After ignoring orders to drop his weapon, police used a Taser on the suspect, which seemed to have no effect. At least one officer opened fire as the suspect began to swing at police with the metal object.