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Inglewood Shooting and Fire Leaves Three Dead

The woman and her daugher are in stable condition after a deadly eviction dispute.

Desmond Moses, 55, is accused of setting fire to his neighbor's house and shooting members of the family. (Source/ Inglewood Police)
Desmond Moses, 55, is accused of setting fire to his neighbor's house and shooting members of the family. (Source/ Inglewood Police)
A woman and her 7-year-old daughter remain in hospital care Monday after her neighbor reportedly set fire to her Inglewood home and shot several members of her family, resulting in the deaths of her husband and 4-year-old son Saturday morning. 

Authorities are still seeking to confirm that the alleged gunman, 55-year-old Desmond John Moses, took his own life after the rampage.  Inglewood police encountered a male body holding a .38 handgun registered to Moses under the rumble of his burned down residence.

"[He] had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head,” according to Inglewood police Lt. James Madia.

Authorities said Moses opened fire in the home of Gloria Jiminez, 28, and her husband, Filimon Lamas, 30, and their four children around 4 a.m. Saturday.

Moses was believed to have blamed the family for the eviction notice he received from the landlord, according to police.

Neighbors told the Los Angeles Times that Moses lived in one of two apartments in the rear of the property on the 4900 block of West 99th Street for at least 20 years, but had not paid rent in a long time.

After shooting Jiminez and her family, Moses is believed to have returned to his apartment and set it on fire.

Jiminez, who sustained gunshots to both legs,is in good condition. Jiminez's daughter. who was shot in the chest, is reported to be in fair condition Monday, according to the hospital. Jiminez’s 6-year-old son, who suffered a shot in the pelvis, has been released from the hospital. Her 8-year-old son was uninjured.

The Inglewood Police Department coordinated with members of the Lamas and Jimenez famalies to establish a fund to assist the suruviving family members.  Donations can be made to the following address:

ICE Federal Credit Union:

One West Manchester Blvd, Suite 603

Inglewood, CA 90301

(310) 412-5493

Account #5223

The Lamas Family Donation Fund

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