Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Osiel Hipolito, 20, of Compton, California.
Saturday, September 5, 2005, at approximately 6:40 p.m. in a strip mall in East Rancho Dominguez, Osiel Hipolito, a 20-year old sailor on leave from duty in Iraq, was shot several times. Mr. Hipolito was taken to St. Frances Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Petty Officer Hipolito’s pregnant wife was shot in the belly. She, the couple’s premature baby, and the sailor’s 16-year old brother, were all hospitalized with stable vital signs.
The Sailor, who worked as an explorer at the Sheriff’s Compton Station before joining the Navy in 2003, apparently got into a fight with suspected gang members, one of whom started shooting inside the store in the 15200 block of South Atlantic Boulevard.
Petty Officer Hipolito was assigned to the USS Germantown, an amphibious assault ship currently at port at San Diego.
The baby, a girl, was delivered prematurely with a leg wound. Hipolito's wife and brother were in stable condition, Gage said.
Deputies said Hipolito had no gang ties, and that the attack began when a gang member asked where he was from, and he replied: the U.S. Navy.
The shooting, in the middle of a September afternoon, was recorded by security cameras at a Compton-area mall where Hipolito, his wife and his teenage brother had gone to shop. By then, Compton had recorded 51 killings.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Hipolito was killed on 09/05/05.