INGLEWOOD - Body armor and a .38-caliber revolver were found with the charred remains of a man believed to have set fire to his Inglewood bungalow before going on a predawn shooting spree that claimed the life of a father and his young son, police said Sunday.
Desmond Moses, 55, is suspected of killing Filimon "Fili" Lamas and his 4-year-old son and injuring three other family members - Lamas' wife, 28-year-old Gloria Jiminez, and two of their children, a 6-year-old boy and 7-year-old daughter.
Police said Lamas, 33, used his body to shield three of his children during the rampage. Jiminez ran from the residence carrying her dying 4-year-old son, despite having gunshot wounds to both legs. She collapsed in the street.
"This heroic effort by both parents to protect the children was astounding considering that Mr. Lamas died shielding three children and Jiminez had gunshot wounds to both legs, yet was able to run from the house," Inglewood police Lt. James D. Madia said in a statement.