Police responding to a report of a gunshot detained a man and found a woman dead inside a Hermosa Beach apartment early Saturday morning.
Hermosa police responded to a report of an argument followed by the sound of a gunshot in the 700 block of Manhattan Avenue, in the seaward part of town, about 5 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.
Officers detained a man who was in front of the building, which is called the Seahorse Apartments and sports wooden seahorse decorations facing the street. Officers conducted a welfare check inside, finding a woman dead.
Detectives from the Hermosa Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene, along with officials of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Police described the investigation as a homicide investigation, and the sheriff’s office typically aids smaller cities in homicide probes.
“That sucks – right next to my house,” said Dan Morbito, 30, who lives next door to the apartment building.
“It’s not supposed to happen here,” another neighbor said.
Homicides are rare in the 1.3 square-mile seaside town of about 19,500 residents.
In March 2003, Joel Bues, 25, was shot to death at the major intersection of Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in the early hours of the morning. Before that, Hermosa had gone eight years without a homicide.
Bues was struck in the head with at least two gunshots as he sat behind the wheel of a silver BMW, stopped at a red light on northbound PCH at Pier. Police said Bues might have been mistaken for a gang member.
A 24-year-old Redondo Beach man was riding in the BMW and was unhurt.
In 1995 a homicide was recorded when someone left a newborn baby inside a garbage container outside a business.
In 2001 a slain body was discovered at a residential construction site, but police said the murder occurred in an inland area well away from Hermosa.
Police were urging anyone with information about the case to call HBPD detectives at 310-318-0351 or sheriff’s detectives at 323-526-5541.