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Father dies after shielding his son from bullets

Police are asking the public to help identify suspects involved in an Inglewood shooting that left a 28-year-old father dead after he shielded his 8-year-old son from the barrage of bullets.

Fredrick Martin and his son, Tre, were in front of their garage Tuesday night when gunfire broke out, police said.

When he heard the shots, the man pushed his son to the ground and covered him with his body. Martin suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen and upper torso and later died at the hospital.

‘Ultimate sacrifice’

“The investigation is not going well,” Lt. James Madia with Inglewood police said, adding that detectives are working on a few conflicting descriptions of the possible suspects and their cars.

Martin’s son, who shared a home with his father, mother and grandmother, suffered only a minor graze wound, Madia said.

Martin’s wife Amanda is five months pregnant, according to a family friend.

About two dozen friends and family mourned Martin near his home Friday night.

“We know that there was an ultimate sacrifice made on the other night,” one said during a prayer.

On Tuesday, another man, 29-year-old Joseph Hickman, sustained minor injuries when he was shot in the ankle.

The shooting that killed Martin was one of three unrelated instances in the area that night, police said. Shortly after 10 p.m., officers arrived to find a car crash and a shooting victim in the 3500 block of Victoria Street.

About one hour later, a 31-year-old man was shot in both legs in the 500 block of N. Marlborough.

Police do not have suspect descriptions for any of these shootings.

Detectives are urging anyone with information on these incidents to contact the Inglewood Police Homicide Section at 310-412-5246, or anonymously at 888-412-7463.

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.


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