Sheriff’s officials have revealed that the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy in Compton is believed to have stemmed from a gang-related argument.
The incident which led to the shooting unfolded on the 2800 block of W. Alondra Boulevard at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday evening.
The commotion got the attention of the detectives when two males were arguing in the parking lot of a liquor store.
As the argument got heated up, one of the individuals involved made their way to an awaiting vehicle driven by their girlfriend, the mother of the boy, and then the suspect fired gunshots at him.
The young child was found in the car having suffered a gunshot wound, by that time the victims had already left the location in their vehicle.
In an agonizing spirit, the mother’s boy drove away from the scene to look for help only to find deputies who were stationed near a restaurant in the 17200 block of S. Central Avenue in the city of Carson. Reports indicate that the boy was rushed to Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where he died having sustained serious injuries.
Reports describe the suspect as a man driving a dark-colored sedan. His vehicle was last seen driving westbound from the location on Alondra Boulevard. According to Sheriff's officials, the incident appeared to be gang-related. A surveillance footage obtained from the liquor store by investigators is helping them in the ongoing investigation.
The suspect has been identified by the authorities and they are also speaking to his attorney and family to facilitate the process of having the suspect surrender.
The shooting attracted the attention of community members and activists who gathered at the shooting scene on Sunday evening. Although they don’t know the family, they all felt affected heavily and they are seeking to put to an end the violence the area.
"We need to stop kicking the can, pretending, sticking our head in a hole, acting like you can gang-bang and sag your damn pants and shoot at people and people are not going to shoot at you. We're coming to say we're tired," said L.J. Guillory, with Ombudsman International. The child’s body remained at the hospital and it has not been identified by the coroner's office.
Individuals with information about the incident are encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. For persons who intend to send information anonymously, they’re urged to call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477).