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    Chalk one up for a CCer protecting the lives of some innocent batos. Unfortunately, CC is not quite legal in the PRC. Still, you gotta give the guy kudos.




    Today is Monday, March 26, 2007
    Originally published Tuesday, March 20, 2007
    Updated Tuesday, March 20, 2007


    Mystery gunman disrupts assault in Wilmington

    Officers are seeking a shooter who intervened in an attack by gang members in Wilmington. Three people were wounded.


    By Sandy Mazza
    STAFF WRITER

    Two men who were attacked by armed gang members at a Wilmington coin-operated laundry Sunday night told police an unidentified man intervened and shot the antagonists -- and then disappeared, authorities said.

    Police were seeking the man Monday, and said they believe he may have been defending the two men, one of whom had been shot in the leg, and would not be charged with any crime.

    The unknown man shot a 16-year-old boy, who was in critical condition Monday at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and an adult suspect, officials said.

    Ricardo Garcia, 23, of Wilmington was taken to a hospital with a gunshot to the thigh, said Los Angeles Police Department Detective David Cortez. Garcia was released Monday and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Cortez said. He said Garcia and the teen are members of the same Wilmington-area street gang.

    Garcia and the juvenile male allegedly approached two men about 10:45 p.m. Sunday outside the Spin Cycle Coin Laundry, 317 W. Pacific Coast Highway, as the men waited for their clothes to wash, Cortez said.

    "They asked them questions about what they were doing there," Cortez said. "They were very aggressive toward them. One brandished a handgun."

    Police did not identify the men accosted by the gang members, but Cortez said one had recently been discharged from the Marine Corps. He was the victim shot in the leg.

    Suddenly, another man approached and shot Garcia and the juvenile, Cortez said. Then, he ran away.

    "We're not sure if he did it to defend the victims or if he knew the suspects," Cortez said. "He started shooting at the suspects. One is in critical condition with a through-and-through gunshot wound to his chest."

    The wounded laundry patron was not seriously injured. He was treated at a local hospital and released.

    Cortez said the victims expressed thanks for the mystery man's actions. "The two victims who were originally assaulted said that if it wasn't for the other guy, they would be dead," Cortez said. "They were harassing them. One guy told him he just got out of the Marine Corps, and pled with the suspects to leave them alone."

    Witnesses told investigators that the suspects called out a gang name. The laundry is located on a border area between two rival gangs.

    Anyone with information about the shootings should call police at 310-513-7133.

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    Police were seeking the man Monday, and said they believe he may have been defending the two men, one of whom had been shot in the leg, and would not be charged with any crime.
    yeah, like I'd believe THAT statement from California authorities.

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    DKSuddeth wrote:
    Police were seeking the man Monday, and said they believe he may have been defending the two men, one of whom had been shot in the leg, and would not be charged with any crime.
    yeah, like I'd believe THAT statement from California authorities.
    Yeah, right. For some reason, I am dubious that LAPD wouldbe just congratulating the guy.

    Actually, the worst thing of all for the mystery guy is to be tabbed a "gunman" by the news media. Libel, I say.

    Bob, what do you think?

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    Hmmm..... a citizen that does the right thing simply because it's the right thing to do with no cause for fanfare or fame. Neither a hero, nor a gunman. He simply sounds like a citizen doing his duty....what everytypical American should be.

    Perhaps one day...

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    BobCav wrote:
    Hmmm.....Neither a hero, nor a gunman. He simply sounds like a citizen doing his duty....what everytypical American should be.
    They could at least have called him a "shooter." It might've lessened the angst the unknown guywith a gunsuffered.



    P.S. Wouldn't it be funny if the gunman were found to be an illegal alien? That would be hilarious.

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    HankT wrote:
    P.S. Wouldn't it be funny if the gunman were found to be an illegal alien? That would be hilarious.
    Then the Liberal Media would rallyaround him, help defend him from prosecution and put him on a pedestal as ahero.

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    cs9c1 wrote:
    BobCav wrote:
    He simply sounds like a citizen doing his duty....what everytypical American should be.
    HankT wrote:
    P.S. Wouldn't it be funny if the gunman were found to be an illegal alien? That would be hilarious.
    Then the Liberal Media would rallyaround him, help defend him from prosecution and put him on a pedestal as ahero.
    And the gun owner and gun carrying communities would be right there with the liberal media. It would be very cool.

    Common ground.

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    At least they only called him a "gunman". In a place like PRMA or PRIL, he'd have been called a "vigilante", and there'd have been a manhunt to bring him to justice.

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    HankT wrote:
    BobCav wrote:
    Hmmm.....Neither a hero, nor a gunman. He simply sounds like a citizen doing his duty....what everytypical American should be.
    They could at least have called him a "shooter." It might've lessened the angst the unknown guywith a gunsuffered.



    P.S. Wouldn't it be funny if the gunman were found to be an illegal alien? That would be hilarious.
    Cute...

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    Two men who were attacked by armed gang members .... a 16-year-old boy.
    Hmmm? Doesn't sound like a boy to me.

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    If I was him, I would contact a lawyer before contacting the police. There have been too many times that "hero's" become the defendant in this country. This is a clear cut case that batman really does exist!

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    BobCav wrote:
    Hmmm..... a citizen that does the right thing simply because it's the right thing to do with no cause for fanfare or fame. Neither a hero, nor a gunman. He simply sounds like a citizen doing his duty....what everytypical American should be.

    Perhaps one day...
    Not much chance of a "citizen" in a coin laundry in Wilmington(LA harbor). I don't wish to detract however from the good the man did, but I suspect he was a member of the rival gang.

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    Could not have been Batman (he was alone) . Maybe it was the Green Hornet his car was much cooler and could blow the doors off of a 300c Hemi !

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    Could it be . . .Zorro?

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