HAWTHORNE (CBSLA.com) — A donation fund has been established to help the remaining victims of a shooting that claimed the lives of a father and his 4-year-old son.
Desmond Moses, 55, is accused opening fire on a family of six around 4 a.m. Saturday, officials said.
Neighbors said Moses came to the home and shot Gloria Jimenez, 28, when she opened the door of her home in the 4900 block of West 99th Street. She was wounded in her legs and abdomen.
The suspect then allegedly walked in the house and shot her husband, Filimon Lamas, as he shielded his three sons in their bedroom.
Lamas and his 4-year-old son were fatally injured.
Jimenez’s 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son also suffered gunshot wounds, but survived.
Following the shooting, Moses is accused of lighting the family’s home on fire. Jimenez and her three surviving children were able to escape.
A body, believed to be that of Moses, was found Saturday night in the smoldering ruins of his home. However, the coroner has yet to confirm the identity.
As of Monday, Jimenez remained hospitalized in good condition. Her daughter was listed in fair condition.
An 8-year-old boy escaped the shooting without injury.
Family and friends said the Lamas family had been engaged in an ongoing dispute with Moses, who often complained about their children playing outside.
A motive has yet to be determined by police.
Donations can be made at any local Wells Fargo Bank branch, or by calling the Hawthorne Wells Fargo branch at (310)973-6279, and referencing the “Jimenez / Lamas Donation Fund, ” account #4122412588.
The Inglewood Police Department has also established a fund for the victims. Donations can be made to the Lamas Family Fund, account #5223, ICE Federal Credit Union, 1 W. Manchester Blvd., Suite 603, in Inglewood.