New Details In Shooting Case Linked To USC Murders Point To Lax Investigation
A key witness in the February shooting linked to the murders of two USC graduate students told police he could identify the gunman nearly two months before Wu Ying and Qu Ming were killed, court documents show.
The two Chinese electrical engineering students were gunned down April 11 around 1 a.m. inside a double-parked BMW on South Raymond Avenue, less than a mile from campus. Within hours, Los Angeles Police Department investigators had matched shell casings found at the scene to two other South L.A. shootings—one on Dec. 3, 2011 and another at a birthday party Feb. 12.
L.A. Riots: Rev. Cecil Murray Sees Progress In Inclusive Society
Scanning the anxious faces of some 2,000 South Central Los Angeles residents packed inside his sanctuary, the Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray of First African Methodist Episcopal Church knew he had a difficult task before him.
It was April 29, 1992. Earlier that day, a county clerk inside a Simi Valley courthouse some 50 miles away had read the verdict in the case against officers from the Los Angeles Police Department accused of using excessive force on Rodney King in a 1991 confrontation. All four had been acquitted, and the people’s outrage had begun to boil over.
Police-Teen Advisory Board Bridges The Gap In L.A.
Ten o’clock in the morning is still considered early for most college students. Isaiah Alexander, a founding member of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Teen Community Police Advisory Board, is no different.
“Hello?” a groggy voice answers when I call on a recent Tuesday.
“I’m, uh, standing on your porch,” I say. The spitting mist has just turned into a steady rain outside the suburban Sacramento house, and I’d like to be indoors.
“Oh, for real? Hang on.” The line goes dead. A moment later, Isaiah opens his front door.
The Big Leagues: Buscaino Joins The Horseshoe
It’s the morning of his first committee meeting, and Councilman Joe Buscaino can’t get into City Hall.
“I knew it—it’s not gonna work,” he says. Standing outside the executive elevator in the depths of the parking garage, he holds his access card up to the sensor once, twice, three times—nothing.
He’s not surprised, but Buscaino isn’t grumbling. Despite the snafu on this already hectic Tuesday morning, he maintains the good-natured attitude that’s become part of his public persona. It’s not lost on him that this is the perfect illustration of his touted status as a political outsider.
Road To City Hall: The Morning Commute
AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Joining Councilman Joe Buscaino, District 15, on his morning commute from San Pedro to City Hall in downtown L.A