TOPANGA CANYON—Coroners identified on Saturday, July 27, a victim who was shot on the Orange Bus line in Van Nuys during a San Fernando Valley shooting spree.
Detwon Lamond Harris, 55, of Reseda was shot on Thursday, July 25 just before 1 p.m. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Harris’s bus stop was at Woodley Avenue and Victory Boulevard where he got off and was shot by fugitive Gerry Zaragoza.
Harris was one of the victims in the San Fernando Valley shooting spree that transpired during the week. A total of four people were killed and countless others were injured by Zaragoza. Other victims have been identified as Carlos I. Zaragoza, 56, and Carlos Pierre Zaragoza, 33, both relatives of the suspect.
The fourth victim killed was a woman named Azucena Lepe, 45, who the shooter had allegedly been harassing for more than a year. The shootings started around 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, after the suspect wounded his mother Blanca Zaragoza and fatally shot his brother and father.
Zaragoza of Canoga Park who was arrested around 2:00 p.m. on July 25. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to be in court on Monday, July 29. He is being charged with one count of attempted robbery, two counts of attempted murder, and four counts of murder.
According to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Zaragoza could face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty if found guilty. A decision to make capital punishment a possible option will be made at a later time. The family has created a GoFundMe page to help members of the Zaragoza family. Investigators are currently working to determine a motive for the shootings.
Written By Maydeen Merino and Christianne McCormick