A 31-year-old felon was charged with murder Friday after shooting a USC security guard at a private student housing complex near the university earlier this week.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that Alexander Crawford faces one count of murder and one count of felony firearm possession.
The shooting was reported shortly before midnight Wednesday at the Lorenzo complex in Block 300 of West Adams Boulevard, about half a mile (800 meters) from USC’s main campus.
Officer Rosario Cervantes found the guard suffering from a gunshot wound shortly after police arrived.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office said he was in his 40s.
Crawford was said to be trespassing when Garanganao asked him to leave, according to the DA’s office. He is suspected of firing a handgun and killing Garanganao before fleeing the scene.
Witnesses said more than a dozen shell casings were found at the scene.
The suspect was found sleeping in a parking lot near the shooting site and was arrested hours later. LAPD later reported that the suspect was in possession of a handgun, which was recovered without incident.
Detectives reviewed the surveillance video and determined that the person they detained was the suspect, police said. They also determined that the handgun recovered with Crawford was the same caliber that shot the security guard, police said.
“Mr. Galanganao was just trying to do his job when he was tragically killed,” LA County DA George Gascon said Friday.
“My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who suffered tremendous losses over the holiday season. The Victim Services Department in my office will provide the services and resources they need to move forward.”
Garanganao is the father of a 13-year-old daughter and was employed by the Secure Net Alliance, CBS2 reported. The company has launched a fundraiser to pay burial costs and help her daughter. You can contact us at 818-848-4900 between 8am and 4pm.