The city of Inglewood has recorded its third homicide of 2021 in the early morning of February 15. Residents awoke to a post on social media site NextDoor alerting residents that someone was shot to death in front the Faith Lutheran Church on 85th Street.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiners office has identified the victim as 51-year-old Erick Shilling, an Inglewood resident.
According to Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr., Inglewood Police department personnel responded to a shooting victim call at 3:42am. They arrived at 3320 W. 85th Street and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso and unresponsive. Mr. Shilling was pronounced dead at 3:55am.
In November 2019, the Inglewood city council approved the location to be developed into a 65 unit senior housing development.
On January 5, Andrew Summerfield, 20, was gunned down in Darby Park and on January 16, Quintez Reeves, 31, was gunned down near a bus stop on Crenshaw Blvd. near Century.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. is adamant the city is safe and Police Chief Mark Fronterotta has responded by making police personnel more visible with increased patrols throughout the city.
District 1 Councilman George Dotson is the area representative where murders #1 and #3 have taken place and he has made no public comments on the uptick in crime. Dotson is the eldest member of the city council, and appears to be in declining health. His announcements to residents typically are reminders to wear a mask and announcing his paper shredding events.
He is up for re-election in 2022.