A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in his home’s driveway in the Westmont area, prompting a continuing homicide investigation Friday.
The child was identified by his mother as Isaiah Rogers. He is not a gang member, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.
The shooting was reported at 9 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of West 93rd Street in an unincorporated area near South Los Angeles.
Responding deputies found the teen with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I just heard the three shots and then I looked out the window," said the boy's sister, Ladeja Cooks. "I seen him on the ground; I just ran out the house. ... I just started crying."
The boy's mother, Lakisha Walker, said her son went into the back alleyway with a friend with the goal of getting his little brother. A dark car pulled up and gunfire was aimed at Rogers' friend, then the car followed Rogers and someone got out and shot him, Walker said.
Her son was shot in the head, she said.
"He passed away right there," she said.
The boy was a loving person, Walker said Friday morning, when family members and neighbors were gathering at the home.
"He would just help you. If he had a problem with you, he would just leave you alone. He wouldn't fight you, he wouldn't argue," she said. "That's how I know this was purposefully done. Whoever did it, they didn't like my son – and they got him away."
Isaiah Rogers wanted to join the U.S. Army, family members said.
The Sheriff’s Department said it wasn’t clear if the shooting was gang-related, but neighborhood residents and Walker said they believe the shooter was a gang member.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tipsters may call 800-222-8477.