SoCal News Briefs

Strip Mall Fire, Domestic Disturbance Police Shooting, Fisherman Drowns

Following are news briefs from Southern California:

Five Homicides in LA

Five people were killed in unrelated incidents during a four-hour period in the county starting on Saturday night.

The first of the slayings occurred about 12:25 p.m. Saturday in Hawaiian Gardens, when a man was fatally stabbed in the parking lot of a Food4Less market in the 12200 block of Carson Street. His name was withheld.

About 10:45 p.m. Saturday in Pico Rivera, two people were fatally shot in the 3900 block of Aleman Avenue, the sheriff's department reported. John Schula, 30, of Montebello, died at the scene, and Manuel Torres, 17, of La Puente, died at a hospital, said Ed Winter of the coroner's office

About 12:20 a.m. Sunday in Whittier, 20-year-old Juan Duarte, 20 was gunned down in the 10900 block of Carmenita Road, Winter said. He died at the scene.

And about 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the Athens area, a man in his 30s was fatally shot in the 1300 block of West 94th Street. His name was withheld.

Chatsworth Strip Mall Fire

A fire at a strip mall caused about $380,000 in damage in a Chatsworth. The fire at 9820 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. was reported about 2:30 a.m. It took 114 firefighters about 35 minutes to put out. There were no injuries. Two business sustained damage; one of them was a video business. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Long Beach Police Shooting

A Long Beach police officer confronted a possibly suicidal man while responding to a domestic disturbance call, then shot and
wounded him, he said, when he thought a woman at the home needed to be protected. The incident happened at an apartment in the 4800 block of East Anaheim Street about 11 p.m. Sunday. Police said a handgun was recovered at the scene. The man who was shot is expected to survive.

Fisherman's Body Found In Long Beach

Searchers on Monday found the body of a man who fell out of a fishing boat near where the Queen Mary is docked in Long Beach. The man was fishing with a friend in a small boat and fell overboard about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, about 100 feet south of the breakwater near Pier J. His body was discovered submerged in the same general area on Monday morning. His name was withheld.

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