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Autopsy likely to confirm Desmond John Moses, 55, died in fire after shooting at family of 6, killing 2.
The burnt body of a man suspected of a mass shooting near Los Angeles was wearing body armor and holding a loaded gun, police said Sunday.
Police believe the man is responsible for shooting a family of 6, killing a father and his 4-year-old son on Saturday in Inglewood.
Authorities are still awaiting autopsy results, but suspect charred remains found at the scene belong to Desmond John Moses, The Associated Press reported.
The body was found wearing armor, clutching a loaded .38 caliber revolver and had a bullet hole in his head. The gun was registered to Moses and the LA Times reports that California state records show Moses was listed as a security guard for nearly three decades.
Moses is alleged to have stormed into a home and opened fire on the family.
He set fire to his own home before the shooting, Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta told the AP.
Filimon Lamas, 33, died trying to shield two of his children, police said.
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His wife, Gloria Jiminez, was also shot twice but managed to flee the scene over a fence carrying her 4-year-old son, who had been shot in the head.
Lamas and the boy died in hospital.
“[She] ran from the residence carrying the 4-year-old child, who later died,” Fronterotta said, according to ABC News.
“This extraordinary rescue attempt occurred in spite of the fact that she had gunshot wounds to both legs.”
Police said Jiminez was shot in both legs and the pelvis, but is now stable in hospital.
Of the two children who were shot, doctors released a 6-year-old boy after treating a gunshot wound to the pelvis, while a 7-year-old girl is critical but stable with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Neighbors said Moses had been evicted after refusing to pay rent.
Emergency crews found a body late Saturday night, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Witnesses told the LA Times that Moses was reclusive, while the fire department called him a “pack rat.”
“That house was filled to the brim with stuff,” Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Tom Richards told the newspaper.
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