HAWAIIAN GARDENS — City officials announced today that a memorial fund has been set up to help a Hawaiian Gardens family devastated in a shooting rampage.
Sheriff's deputies said Joseph Mercado, 26, went to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Serena Tarin, 23, early Thursday and opened fire with an AK-47 rifle, killing her, her brother, Alfredo Tarin Jr., 19, and their father, Alfredo Tarin Sr., 53, and critically wounding her mother, Luciana Tarin.
Six other family members, including the former couple's infant son, escaped — some by hiding on the roof.
Mercado allegedly tried to set the home at 21920 Devlin Ave. on fire, but failed, and was shot by a sheriff's deputy as he emerged from the house about 3:45 a.m. Thursday.
Mercado was treated for the wound and was being held without bail, said Lt. Minh Dinh of the sheriff's Lakewood Station.
Mercado was in a child custody dispute with his ex-girlfriend, deputies said.
Late this afternoon, city leaders of Hawaiian Gardens announced they were setting up a memorial fund to assist the Tarin family with burial expenses. Anyone wishing to assist the family should send contributions to Tarin Family Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of the West, 5240 Clark Ave., Lakewood, CA
90712. The bank's phone is (562) 420-2641.