Charges dropped against alleged shooter

LAX COURTHOUSE — Charges against Waiverly Thomas, the man accused of a brazen shooting near a memorial carwash on Pico Boulevard in December of last year, were “dismissed in the interest of justice” on Jan. 30, said an official with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Thomas, 31, of Colton, was charged with two counts of willful, deliberate, premeditated murder; one count of shooting at an occupied vehicle; and possession of a firearm as a felon, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

He allegedy opened fire on an 18-year-old woman as she ran from the carwash and jumped into a stranger’s car at 18th Street and Pico to flee.

Police caught Thomas an hour after the shooting as he attempted to leave the police perimeter at Delaware Avenue and 16th Street in a 2010 Chevy Impala. Officers also found a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.

There is currently a pending and continuing investigation.