An investigation was continuing Wednesday into a weekend shooting in South Los Angeles that killed a man and wounded three other people, including the son of Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson.
The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday in the 8900 block of Hobart Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Gary Moody, 55, died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office. His home town was not known. Two other men and a woman were also wounded, but survived, police said.
No description was released of a suspect or suspects and no arrests have been reported, according to the LAPD.
One of the wounded men, whose name was withheld, was treated at the scene, and the other man and the woman were taken to a hospital, police said.
Devon Gipson, 32, and his fiancee, Jennifer Salazar, “were visiting his mother when they decided to walk to the neighborhood store,” according to a statement from Gipson’s office.
“It was during this walk that the suspect fired from a car, hitting Devon in the back and his fiancee in her leg,” according to Gipson’s office. “Two others were shot, including one fatality.
“Devon and Jennifer were taken by ambulance to Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Her leg was treated and she was discharged. Devon was admitted and underwent surgery to stop the bleeding and repair the damage that the bullet caused after it entered his back, fracturing his rib and puncturing his lung before it exited. Devon is a father and a full-time employee working for Mattel Inc. in El Segundo.”
Gipson said he rushed to the hospital when he learned of the shooting.
“As a father, the news of my son being shot was devastating to myself and my family,” he said. “I rushed to the hospital not knowing his condition. I thank God that he is recovering and pray for the loved ones of the other victim who lost his life. As a legislator, I know that too often many families experience similar scenarios on a regular basis. This must stop.
“No one is exempt from gun violence,” Gipson said. “Bullets don’t discriminate. Senseless gun violence plagues our communities, leaving nothing but pain in its path. My family and others feel that pain. I have always been a strong advocate against gun violence. It was personal before and it’s certainly even more so now.”
Gipson was the author of AB 879 — a law that mandates the registration of gun parts that are easily purchased and used to build so-called “ghost guns.” In the past five years, Gipson has held two anti-gun violence rallies at the intersection of Vermont and Manchester avenues in the same community as the shooting, his office said.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call 877-LAPD-247, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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