— Compiled by Gary Walker —

Marina del Rey Shooting Victim Survives Bullet to the Chest

Investigators are still searching for clues to determine who shot a 45-year-old man on Sunday in Marina del Rey.

Deputies from the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station responded to the 14000 block of Panay Way at around 12:15 p.m. after getting a report of gunfire in the area. The victim, who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest,
was treated at the scene by firefighter paramedics and taken to a local hospital.

Sheriff’s Det. Clarence Williams said Tuesday that detectives plan to interview the victim as soon as he is able to answer questions.

“He’s still heavily medicated, but we hope to talk to him soon,” he said.

Williams noted that shootings are rare in the marina.

But they do happen. At just before 4 a.m. on Oct. 25, a 27-year-old man was shot dead in the parking lot of Islands Restaurant on Washington Boulevard.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station at (310) 482-6000.


Rewards Seek Info on Mother’s Beach Puppy Drowning

Editor’s Note (3/25): The Sheriff’s Dept. told the LA Times on Friday that investigators now believe the dog found on Mother’s Beach had died long before it would have drowned and that the decapitated dog was actually a raccoon that was not decapitated. 

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is offering $10,000 and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for drowning a puppy at Marina “Mother’s” Beach last week.

On the morning of March 16, members of a rowing club found the carcass of a white and brown mixed-breed puppy that was tied to a shovel that had been staked into the ground, Sgt. Yancy Walden of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station said. That stretch of the beach was submerged by the incoming tide.

Deputies have not been able to locate any witnesses and are working with Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control investigators.

“This little dog endured the terror and agony of being staked to the sand and drowning in the rising ocean waters,” PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien said. “PETA urges anyone with information about this crime to come forward immediately, before whoever is responsible for this animal’s horrifying death hurts someone else.”

A decapitated dog was found Tuesday in Ballona Creek near Speedway, but investigators have not been able to determine whether the two dog killings are related.

But Knabe is sure of one thing: “These incidents are the work of an absolute monster,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station at (310) 482-6000 or Animal Care and Control at (562) 728-4572.


Body Found in the Surf on Venice Beach

A decomposing human body was discovered Tuesday in the surf along the shoreline of Venice Beach.

A surfer spotted the corpse at around 11 a.m. along the shoreline near 18th Avenue, Los Angeles County Lifeguards spokeswoman Lidia Barillas said.

Lifeguards believe the dead man was in his late 20s, Barillas said. The body was taken to the Sheriff’s dock, where it was picked up by coroner investigators.

The identity of the man had not been determined at press time. A swimmer disappeared in high surf near the area earlier this year, but Barillas said that it is not yet clear whether the found body was that of the missing swimmer.


Fatal Dock 77 Crash Remains Under Investigation

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the death of a man who was backed over by an SUV last week at Dock 77 near Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey.

The victim, identified as 41-year-old Antonio Jalog Smith of Corona, was trying to attach a boat trailer to a Ford Expedition and was standing near a parked Hyundai Genesis and a Dodge Charger when he was struck by the Ford, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Stafford said.

“The driver of the Ford Expedition unsafely accelerated his vehicle backwards to the rear of the Hyundai and collided with the pedestrian, the boat trailer, the Dodge and the Hyundai,” Stafford said.

The crash occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on March 12 and Smith died of his injuries while being treated by paramedics.

Stafford said there were no known witnesses to the collision and that no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP’s West Los Angeles office at (310) 642-3939.