Shooting at Del Amo Fashion Center possibly gang-related, police say – Daily Breeze

A shooting at Torrance’s Del Amo Fashion Center on Tuesday evening, Dec.15, is believed to have been the result of a clash between members of two gangs, authorities said on Wednesday Dec.15.

Three people shot dead, one of whom sustained a stab wound to the head and all aged 17 or older, were expected to survive their injuries, Torrance Sgt. Mark Ponegalek said. It was not immediately known whether more than one of the suspects fired a weapon.

“It was about two groups that showed up at the mall and saw each other,” Ponegalek said. “There is a collision in the parking lot which led to a shooting.”

Police were called around 6:35 pm on Tuesday and arrived in two minutes at the parking lot just outside BJ’s restaurant on the east side of the mall north of Carson Street, Ponegalek said.

In the parking lot, they found shells and several witnesses told officers they heard gunshots. The three victims with gunshot wounds were hospitalized.

After the shooting, three or four suspects ran south through Carson Street and later kidnapped another person outside the Dave & Busters restaurant and game center on the south side of the mall and escaped in the victim’s black Chevrolet SUV. Ponegalek said.

The victim of the car theft was not injured, the sergeant said.

During the Christmas shopping season that began on Black Friday, the police department dedicates four additional officers to the mall each shift, which allowed officers to respond quickly Tuesday evening, Ponegalek said.

“Every holiday season, we strengthen security,” he said.

The department has a substation in the mall where agents can write reports, but it’s not always manned, Ponegalek said.

Tuesday’s shooting did not appear to have an impact on Wednesday’s holiday shoppers flow, as many cars were in parking lots in the late morning.

The shooting was the first at the Del Amo Fashion Center since June 2019, when an 18-year-old Bellflower shot another man in the neck inside the mall near the Build-A-Bear Workshop and Finish sportswear store. Line.

The suspect, a suspected gang member, was found and arrested in Redondo Beach later that month and ultimately received a nine-year prison sentence after claiming he did not contest the attempted murder.

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