An armed man who allegedly tried to rob a store in the El Sereno area Friday shot and killed his accomplice during a struggle with the business owner and was taken into custody, police said.
The shooting occurred about 11:15 a.m. at Alhambra and Hollister avenues, said Los Angeles police Officer Nuria Vanegas.
A man in his 30s died at the scene, and his alleged killer, in his early 20s, was arrested, Vanegas said. The name of the dead man was withheld, pending notification of kin. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.
According to the preliminary investigation, both men entered the business and attempted to rob it, Vanegas said. The younger man was armed with a rifle, the older man with a machete, Vanegas said.
“There was an altercation with the store owner, who tried to take the rifle away,” Vanegas said. During the struggle, the suspect with the rifle shot and killed the suspect with the machete, Vanegas said.
No other injuries were reported.
A young man died today of injuries he suffered in a high-speed crash during an illegal street race in Commerce, and two other men involved in the accident were hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said.
The three men were ejected from an Acura Integra when it struck a palm tree in the 5500 block of East Washington Boulevard around 10:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“It was a street racing incident”, said sheriff’s Lt. Paul Hardy.
Isaac Garcia, 19, of Maywood died about 12:20 a.m. at a hospital, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. It was not immediately known if he was the driver or a passenger in the Acura.
The two survivors are hospitalized with serious injuries.
Witnesses told a videographer at the scene they believe the vehicles were racing at 90 miles per hour when the accident occurred. The second vehicle in the race left the scene, they said.
Hardy said the damage to the crashed vehicle was extensive. “It’s pretty catastrophic”, Hardy said.