INGLEWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Sunday hope to learn the identity of human remains found inside the burned-out home of a man accused of shooting five of six members of an Inglewood family.
“We located a body in the rubble of the burned residence,” said Chief Mark Fronterotta of the Inglewood Police Department. “We were unable to identify the body so we’re going to need a forensics team to come in and make that identification.”
In a statement issued by the department Sunday, officers said the man was wearing bullet-proof armor and holding a .38 caliber revolver, allegedly registered to the accused — 55-year-old Desmond John Moses.
“Investigators also found additional ammunition in the pockets of the deceased, who had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head,” the statement said.
The body was found about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, several hours after the suspect had allegedly entered the family’s home and fired multiple rounds. Witnesses told authorities that the gunman was also wearing a painter’s mask and black cap.
Among the deceased, 33-year-old Filimon Lamas, and his 4-year-old son, KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reported.
The survivors included 28-year-old Gloria Jiminez, the mother of the children, and three kids — ages 6, 7, and 8.
Jiminez was struck by gunfire, along with two of her children.
All three were listed in critical but stable condition. A fourth child, identified as an 8-year-old boy, escaped without injury.
Police believe there was an ongoing dispute between Moses, a longtime renter of the property, and the family but would not elaborate on a motive.
Art Barron, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, says the search for the suspected gunman remains ongoing while authorities await identification of the charred remains. The statement said an autopsy is expected to be conducted this week.