INGLEWOOD, CA—After yet another shooting homicide in Inglewood, a funeral held on Saturday October 4 drew hundreds of attendees to the Inglewood Park Cemetery at the corner of Prairie Avenue and Manchester Boulevard, which is directly across the street from the iconic Forum which reopened in January.
Inglewood Police Department Sargent Brian Poor explained the scenario.
“We had a huge funeral at the cemetery with numerous calls from citizens. There were about 200 vehicles and six to eight of those vehicles had individuals brandishing guns at people as they drove down Prairie, sitting on the hoods of cars. We have arrested three of the individuals with guns,” he said on Saturday.
The three of arrested in a single incident not far from the funeral were Pulupaki Fifita, 23; Nicholas Manako, 23; and Vaiola Muimuinoa Fifita, 26. All were arrested at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Prairie and Kelso, just two blocks south of the cemetery and directly across from the Forum.
The three men were charged with multiple weapons violations.
Pulupaki Fifita was charged with carrying and concealing a firearm in a vehicle (25400(A)1PC), violation of firearm sales/transport (28100 PC), possession of a controlled substance for sale (11375(A)HS) and sale/etc. of a synthetic canabinoid (11357.5AHS). Total bail was set at $100,035.
Manako was charged with occupant with concealed firearm in vehicle (25400(A)3PC), carrying a loaded firearm in a public place (25850(A)PC), possession of metal knuckles (21810PC), violating firearm sales/lease/transport regulations (27560(A)PC), sale/etc. of a synthetic canabinoid (11357.5) and damaging a jail/prison (4600(A)PC). Total bail was set at $125,500.
Vaiola M. Fifita was charged with possession of a narcotic substance (11350(A)HS), sale/etc. of a synthetic canabinoid (11357.5) and DUI alcohol of 0.08 percent or higher (23152(B)VC). Total bail was set at $56,000.