La Puente man, cousin killed in shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“The victims don’t remotely resemble gang members. These are victims that should not be victims.” Standing in the parking lot where her cousins were killed, Cynthia Alonzo said one worked as a tree trimmer and the other in maintenance – and that neither was in a gang. In the nearby Laundromat, an employee described hearing five or six shots and seeing the chaos that followed. “It happened so fast,” said Manuel Otella. “The girl \ was trying to give CPR to her husband or boyfriend. She was desperate.” As police sought clues to the slayings, they called the incident a troubling one in a recent series of brazen shootings in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – There was intent behind the bullets that pierced the windows of a parked BMW at point-blank range, killing two 19-year-old cousins inside. But police were still trying Monday to determine why Joel Cortez Alonzo of North Hollywood and Alejandro Perez Lopez of La Puente were targeted as they sat Sunday night in the parked car outside a laundry on Lankershim Boulevard. Alonzo’s pregnant girlfriend, who was behind the wheel of the parked car, was shot in the thigh, and a bullet grazed her abdomen. Rocio Calliz, 20, and her unborn baby are expected to recover, police said. “The windows were up, so there were no verbal exchanges. If nothing more, there wasn’t even the typical gang question of `Where you from?”‘ said LAPD Detective Mike Coffey. Valleywide, aggravated assaults are 8 percent lower so far this year than in the same period of 2005, according to statistics provided by the LAPD. But homicides are up by almost 10 percent in the Valley. There had been 57 slayings by Sept. 2 this year, compared with 52 by the same date in 2005. LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the Valley’s commanding officer, said many victims have been in their late teens and early 20s, the ages most common in violent gangs. Moore and others emphasized not all shootings or aggravated assaults are gang-related, and they said no gangs are actively feuding in the Valley. Police are still requesting the public’s help in solving these recent shootings and assaults: Angelo Bolla, 17, was gunned down in broad daylight Aug. 27 in the courtyard of a Pacoima apartment complex. Shadminder Singh, 19, of North Hollywood was fatally shot as he stood on a sidewalk in the 11900 block of Hart Street. Police said a light-blue Nissan Sentra or Toyota Cressida approached the man and a passenger stepped out, spoke to Singh and then shot him several times. The LAPD said two African-American men survived what may have been a race-related shooting about 1:20 a.m. Sept. 3 outside a community center at Gault and Eton streets in Canoga Park. Police said three Latinos in a car fired six shots at the victims with a .45-caliber handgun. An LAPD sergeant was wounded Saturday when he was attacked by two men armed with a bottle and a knife in a Ventura Freeway pedestrian underpass in Woodland Hills. [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img