Great-grandmother and teenager
INGLEWOOD, Calif.—The city has announced a $25,000 reward in hopes of tracking down the gunman who killed a great-grandmother and wounded a teenage boy last month in a suspected gang shooting at a local park.
Gwendolyn Taylor, 61, was on a Saturday afternoon outing with her family when she was shot at Rogers Park. Taylor died at a hospital.
The other victim, a 15-year-old boy, was treated at a hospital for an arm wound.
Witnesses told police the gunman was walking through the park’s parking lot about 4:45 p.m. when he began shooting at a 16-year-old boy, who ducked behind a parked vehicle.
The 15-year-old boy had been standing nearby, and was hit by a stray bullet, as was Taylor, who was shot in the left ribcage.
Taylor, who was picnicking at the park with her family, had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her family said she shielded one of her one relatives with her body.
“If it wasn’t for her, her grandchild would have been (shot) by a stray bullet,” Taylor’s nephew, Rydell Prescott, said last month. “I just want justice to be served, and her killer accountable for his actions.”
Anyone with information is asked to call (310) 412-5246.
INGLEWOOD, Calif.—The gunman who killed a 61-year-old great-grandmother and wounded a teenage boy at an Inglewood park over the weekend remained at large today.
The shooting occurred about 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Rogers Park, 400 W. Beach Ave., said Lt. Steve Overly of the Inglewood Police Department.
Gwendolyn Taylor died at a hospital. The 15-year-old boy was treated at a hospital for an arm wound.
An afternoon news conference is planned at police headquarters to seek public help in solving the crime.
The City of Inglewood is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Gwendolyn Jefferson Taylor. She died on Dec. 11, after suffering a gunshot wound during a family outing at Roger’s Park in Inglewood. Police are asking that anyone who has information concerning this incident call the Inglewood Police Homicide Section at (310) 412-5246 or the 24-hour anonymous hot line number at (888) 41-CRIME (7463).
...The problems produced by placing such a tremendous amount of firepower in the hands of our youth are exacerbated by a terrifying fact: Most juveniles don’t have very good aim. In 1989, Los Angeles District Attorney Ira Reiner reported that half of all drive-by shooting fatalities (a practice common to gangs) in his city were “innocent bystanders” (Harper, 1989, pp. 12-15). Recently, one gang member explained the problem: “Keep in mind we don’t have no target ranges were we get prolific with these guns” (Bing, 1989).
Los Angeles police say two suspects have been arrested for the murder of 5-year-old Aaron Shannon, and are being held without bail. Leonard Hall Jr., 21, was taken into custody today (Friday) about at 2:10 a.m. at an apartment in the 200 block of West. 27th Str. Marcus Denson, 18, was arrested Thursday evening by Sheriff’s deputies in the 1100 block of East 83rd Street. Law enforcement officials say both suspects are active gang members.
INGLEWOOD, Calif.— The City of Inglewood is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever fatally shot a 19-year-old man.
Christopher Tyrone Moreland Jr. was talking with friends near of East Buckthorn Street and Myrtle Avenue when he was shot May 18, Inglewood police Detective Loyd Waters said.
"We don't have any description of the suspect or suspects,'' Waters said. "No physical description, nothing on the clothes or car or anything from his friends, people just heard shots and Mr. Moreland went down.''