Detectives Have Identified a Suspect in Compton 3-Year-Old's Shooting Death

Surveillance video shows the moments leading up to the gang-related shooting, authorities said

A 3-year-old boy was shot to death in Compton and sheriff's homicide detectives have identified his shooter, authorities said Sunday.

Detectives were negotiating with the suspect's family and his attorney to facilitate his surrender, Deputy Wally Bracks said. The department declined to name the suspect.

The shooting took place at 7:44 p.m. Saturday on the 2800 block of West Alondra Boulevard, Deputy Charles Moore of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said.

Surveillance video shows two men arguing in a business parking lot. During the dispute one of the men involved began to get into a car that was driven by his girlfriend, Moore said. 

The suspect fired shots into the vehicle as the victims were leaving the location and subsequently discovered that the 3-year-old boy had suffered a gunshot wound, he said.

Deputies responding to the 17200 block of South Central Avenue in Carson regarding a gunshot victim discovered the boy suffering from a gunshot wound, he said.

Deputies didn't wait for an ambulance but instead rushed the boy to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead, he said.

The suspect was described as a black male driving a dark-colored sedan, which was last seen driving westbound on Alondra Boulevard.

Sheriff's homicide detectives asked anyone with information regarding the shooting to call (323) 890-5500.

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