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Compton erupts in spate of September violence

Compton erupted in a rash of violence in September after relative calm that has lasted nearly 12 months. Compton erupts in flare-up between deputies, protesters; domestic mayhem leaves two dead, deputy-involved shooting, and a dead man

Compton erupted in a rash of violence in September after relative calm that has lasted nearly 12 months.

Compton erupts in flare-up between deputies, protesters; domestic mayhem leaves two dead, deputy-involved shooting, and a dead man murder mystery

COMPTON – Compton erupts in violence has been a familiar theme of the “Hub City” through the years. Following relative peace for more than 12 months, the month of September 2018 witnessed an upheaval of mayhem during the peaceful protest of a beauty supply store on Sept. 18, shortly after 8 a.m., following a show of force by a platoon of sheriff’s deputies.

Renee Guiterrez. Courtesy Ventura County IPCU

Responding to a disturbance call by the owners of the beauty store in a commercial complex ar Central Avenue and Alondra Boulevard, deputies forcibly restrained one protester after a verbal exchange with deputies who were attempting to clear a parking area near the store entrance.

The scene of the protest grew tense when additional deputies and a department helicopter arrived overhead to angry protesters, attempting to urge people to boycott the business because of an alleged assault by the beauty store’s owner against an unidentified female patron.

The suspect was injured and taken to an area hospital. No deputies were hurt.

Monday, Sept. 24, according to LASD investigators, two robbery suspects were taken into custody, including one wounded by gunfire, after a deputy-involved shooting.

The incident began with a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the area of Rosecrans and Wilmington avenues, according to authorities. Two detectives who were in an unmarked car in the area heard the robbery call and responded, sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said.

The detectives located the suspect vehicle as it left the location, began following it and requested backup, he said.

Then, shortly before 9:30 a.m., the suspects stopped their vehicle in the 700 block of West Spruce Street, prompting the detectives to do the same with their car.

“Both suspects exited the vehicle – appears that the driver exited the vehicle with a firearm, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Moore said.

The 18-year-old driver, described as a Black male, was struck in the upper body and taken to a local hospital in unknown condition. The 17-year-old passenger, also described as a Black male, fled the scene but was caught a short time later and detained at the scene, according to Moore.

Authorities have not released the names of either suspect.

It is not clear whether the suspects fired shots at the detectives. Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a bullet hole in the windshield of the sheriff vehicle, but it was unclear who fired the shot that pierced the glass. A black semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, agents of the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit arrested Rene Gutierrez, a 30-year-old Compton resident on drug charges linked to an overdose death in Moorpark, Ventura County authorities said Friday. Gutierrez has been described as “the primary source of narcotics” for a person who recently died from an apparent drug overdose in Moorpark, Ventura County officials said in a news release.

Friday, Sept. 28, a 13-year-old Compton h School sophomore and her stepfather were killed, and the girl’s mother wounded, in a shooting at a home in the 600 block of West Palmer Street.

The deadly gunfire took place just before 6 p.m. in a neighborhood just west of Matthisen Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies were initially responding to a “rescue” call when, while en route, a gunshot victim was reported at the same location. Arriving on scene, deputies encountered a naked man running from the home and apprehended him.

The man, identified as Jamie Williams, 43, is reportedly the victim’s son from a different relationship. Neighbors who have known the family for years said the deceased is a father and stepdaughter.

According to neighbors, the woman is the deceased man’s wife.

Williams was arrested for the murder of his father and his stepsister and the attempted murder of the woman. The names of the victims have not been released.

Saturday, Sept. 29, a man died following an overnight shooting just after midnight at 12:10 a.m. in a commercial neighborhood in the 1500 block of North Long Beach Boulevard, north of Rosecrans Avenue, according to the LASD in a written statement.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said. No information regarding the circumstances of the shooting was available.







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