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After Jacqueline Avant was killed, this teen found the suspected gunman in her backyard

Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — The gunshot was right outside her bedroom door.

Grace Campbell-McGuire was in bed about 3 a.m. Wednesday, awakened by what she thought was her father rummaging through a drawer outside her room. The 17-year-old was annoyed because she had to get up in a few hours for school.

Then came a loud bang, followed by the voice of a man she didn’t know crying out in pain. Grace braced herself against her door and called 911 to report the intruder.

A few minutes later, she heard the man’s voice calling 911 himself.

“He was yelling outside my bedroom door, and he called 911 to say he was shot by a man in a ski mask and a jacket,” Grace said. “Then he gave our whole address to the 911 operator.”

When officers from the Los Angeles Police Department arrived at the Hollywood Hills residence in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive, they found the man — 29-year-old Aariel Maynor — in the backyard with a gunshot wound to his foot. An AR-15 rifle was found nearby.

 

Hours later, Maynor, who had recently been paroled from prison, would be linked to the fatal shooting of 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant. The prominent philanthropist and wife of music legend Clarence Avant was fatally shot in her Beverly Hills home about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Maynor could have made a clean getaway from the Campbell home if he hadn’t shot himself in the foot with his own gun, police said.

After calling 911 and limping out of the house, Maynor propped himself on their back deck, Grace said, crying out for help.

“He was saying all these things, like, ‘Help me. I’m bleeding out. I’m a Christian,’ ” the high school senior said. “He was begging.”

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