A 51-year-old man shot and killed in the unincorporated Willowbrook area had been in a car crash with the suspected shooter, who went to the victim’s home and shot him after the gunman’s demand for $500 was refused, authorities said Sunday.
The homicide was reported at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East 121st Street, Deputy Amber Smith of the Los Angeles County Sheriff‘s Information Bureau said.
Detectives learned that the victim and the suspect had been in a traffic crash at the intersection of Main Street and El Segundo Boulevard and when both stopped, the victim attempted to exchange information with the suspect, who refused but instead demanded $500 for the damage to his vehicle, Smith said.
“At the same time, the butt of a firearm was seen by the victim and the victim drove away, towards his home,” she said. “The suspect followed the victim home and confronted the victim at gunpoint at his house and again demanded the $500. The victim refused and the suspect drove away.”
The suspect returned about an hour later and spotted the victim, in his vehicle, in the driveway of his home, Smith said.
“The suspect walked up to the victim and fired multiple rounds, striking the victim in the upper torso,” she said.
The suspect ran eastbound on 121st Street toward San Pedro Street and out of sight, Smith said.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. He was identified by the coroner’s office as Darrell Daniels.
A description of the gunman was not made available.
Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
— City News Service