A 35-year-old man was being mourned Saturday after he was fatally shot during an altercation outside a liquor store in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles.
The incident took place about 11:40 a.m. in the 6400 block of South Vermont Avenue, where a group of people had been gathered "for quite some time" in front of Bottoms Up Liquor, according to Capt. Peter Zarcone of the Los Angeles Police Department.
"There was some sort of argument or altercation and one shot was fired," the captain said. A man, later identified by family members as Charles Neviles, was struck by the round. He walked into the store, collapsed and died, Zarcone said.
According to investigators, it was unclear whether the shooter was a member of the assembled group or a passerby. It was also unknown if Neviles was the intended target.
"I don't understand the reason why they took my baby from me," his mother, Mira Bables, said as she stood near yellow police tape at the scene. She described Neviles as "a good father to his girls," ages 10 and 12, and said "he was a good son to me."
Relatives said the deceased man's wife had died of cancer in 2009.
Police did not immediately know whether the shooting was captured on surveillance video. No one was in custody in connection with the incident, and no description of the shooter was available.
The investigation was being conducted by the LAPD's Criminal Gang and Homicide Division.