Neighboring police departments in Inglewood and Hawthorne, Calif. have both set up donation funds for a local family that was targeted by a gunman over the weekend.
Filimon Lamas, 33, and his four-year-old son Giovani died Saturday morning after a gunman broke into their home and went on a shooting rampage. Lamas was found slumped over three of his children, two of whom had sustained gunshot wounds, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Gloria Jimenez, Lamas' wife, was found in the street cradling Giovani, who had been shot in the head. Jimenez herself had sustained gunshot wounds to her pelvis and legs, but managed to escape the house.
Jimenez and her seven-year-old daughter, who was shot in the chest, are in stable condition at the hospital. A six-year-old son who sustained a gunshot to the pelvis was released from the hospital Sunday, and an eight-year-old son was not physically injured during the attack
The donation funds were announced at a press conference Tuesday outside Chip's in Hawthorne, a restaurant which Lamas co-owned.
Donation information via the the Hawthorne Police Department:
- Jimenez/Lamas Family Fund: transfer money at any Wells Fargo branch to acct. 4122412588. Alternately, here's a link to the PayPal account.
- Lamas Family Donation Fund: send checks to the ICE Federal Credit Union at One West Manchester Blvd., Suite 603, Inglewood, CA, 90301, care of Account No. 5223.
"We appreciate your kind words and thoughts and quick response for our care. We feel blessed to have so many people there for us."
The suspect, Desmond John Moses, lived in the bungalow on the same property as the Lamas family. Police found what they believe to be Moses' charred body inside his home. He had apparently set fire to the building after the shooting and then shot himself in the head.
Investigators think Moses blamed the Lamas family for his recent eviction notice, reports the Associated Press.
Lamas was a beloved member of the community; in 2011, the City of Hawthorne gave him a certificate of appreciation for hosting a breakfast fundraiser for the Hawthorne Lawndale Ministerial Association at Chip's. The council thanked him for being a "community-minded business owner" and congratulated him on recently becoming a new owner at his restaurant.
"I wasn't ready for this," said Lamas at the podium. "It's the first [fundraiser], but I hope it's not the last."