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Monday, August 29, 2011

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Detectives Investigating One Homicide, Hear Another Occur NR11400kr

Los Angeles: LAPD Criminal Gang Homicide Detectives investigating one murder in the Jordan Downs Housing Project in Southeast Area, heard shots ring out a short distance away and discovered a second homicide victim nearby.

On Saturday, August 27, 2011 at about 8:45 p.m., 19-year-old Deshon Rasberry was with about twenty people in the 2100 block of East 103rd Street.  A lone Black male suspect walked up to Rasberry and fired several shots at him.  

Rasberry collapsed to the ground and Los Angeles Fired Department (LAFD) personnel transported him to a local hospital, where he died a short time later. This murder was gang related.

Just after midnight, while Detectives and Officers were still on scene investigating Rasberry’s murder, they heard gunfire a short distance away. Officers went to the 10500 Block of South Grape Street and discovered the second victim, 28-year-old Reginald McDaniel.  McDaniel was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that had collided into a tree.  It appears McDaniel was shot from several hundred feet away and drove his vehicle a short distance before colliding into the tree.  

There were two passengers in the car with McDaniel who initially ran from the collision site. They were later found, questioned and released.  McDaniel is believed to have been shot by a suspect who was standing on the sidewalk.  LAFD Paramedics responded and pronounced McDaniel dead at scene. As in the first homicide, this murder is also considered gang related.    

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to contact Detective Sal LaBarbera, Criminal Gang Homicide Division, 213-485-4341. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at  1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "web tips" and follow the prompts.