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LA area community reels as shootings kill three in less than 24 hours

By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times on

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"One of the deputies chased the suspect down a driveway and into the backyard of an uninvolved residence," he said. "The suspect then engaged the deputy by pointing his firearm at him at which point the deputy involved shooting occurred."

Williams died at the scene, authorities said. A semi-automatic handgun was later recovered at the scene by homicide investigators.

At a nearby house where Williams had been living, his father, Fred Williams Jr., 44, anguished over an unanswered question: Why wouldn't detectives explain to him the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting of his son?

"All they will tell me is that my son was shot once in the shoulder," he said, his eyes filled with tears. "Was he shot in the front or the back? I do not know. They won't tell me."

His son had been released from prison a month ago after serving time for a robbery conviction, relatives said. He was looking forward to starting a new job as a security guard on Tuesday.

Williams' father is not satisfied with the sheriff's explanation.

"I've been put in and out of the back seat of police vehicles since I was 12 years old," he said. "What else do you need to know?"

"We're getting killed by police," he added. "The big question is this: When will it stop?"

 

The trouble in Willowbrook started at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 12200 block of Maple Avenue, when the two male teens were shot and killed while driving down a street in search of an address, according to the sheriff's department.

The victims were among five teens in the car when an assailant approached them and opened fire, authorities said.

The car slammed into a vehicle parked at the intersection of Maple Avenue and East 124th Street. Deputies who responded found two teens in the front seats dead at the scene. Three teens in the back were unharmed, authorities said.

"The car appears to have been shot several times," said Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Dean, and "both decedents appear to have been shot several times in the upper torso."

The victims were identified by family members as Millyon Colquitt, 16, and Jamele Hill, 17. Colquitt was an 11th-grader at Centennial High School, and Hill was a senior at Gardena High School.

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