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Hyde Park Mother Killed in Dispute Over $10 Bill ID’d; Alleged Gunman Arrested

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A 55-year-old man was in custody and the 42-year-old South Los Angeles mother of two whom he allegedly fatally shot in a dispute over a $10 payment was identified Tuesday, authorities said.


Terri Kwan Smith, 42, was fatally shot in a dispute with a roommate on April 14, 2014. (Credit: DMV)

Kenneth Theodrick Parks was taken into custody about 7 p.m. Monday, about 12 hours after the shooting, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Nuria Vanegas said.

Parks had been taken to a hospital to be treated for stab wounds that may have been self-inflicted following the shooting, which occurred at a home in the 5700 block of Ninth Avenue (map) in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

Terri Kwan Smith, 42, was identified as the woman who died in the shooting, Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said Tuesday. She was the mother of an 11-year-old girl and 20-month-old son, police on scene said Monday.

Smith lived with at least six other adults at the transitional housing facility at the address, police said.


The shooting occurred at this transitional housing home in the Hyde Park neighborhood. (Credit: KTLA)

The gunman, one of Smith’s housemates, allegedly fired several rounds at Smith and her 40-year-old boyfriend, ending a weeklong dispute over a bill, LAPD Detective Chris Barling said on Monday.

“There was a recent dispute over a bill,” Barling said. “That dispute led to the shooting that occurred this morning.”

The “Internet bill” was for $10, according to Karl Drake, a friend of the family.

Friends and family had warned Smith that she needed to get out of her housing situation, saying it wasn’t good for her children.

“Every time I came around here, the vibe was just negative. And this is the outcome,” said Tavia Anderson, the victim’s niece. “I just want her to be remembered as a woman that loved her children.”

Smith’s boyfriend was transported to a local hospital after being shot in the torso, and was in stable condition, Barling said. He is the father of Smith’s 20-month-old son, the detective said.

The gunman was expected to be arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, Barling said. Venegas could not confirm the charges that Parks was being held on Tuesday.

Parks was being held at Twin Towers Correctional Facility on $1 million bail, according to county inmate records. He was due in court in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday.

KTLA’s Christina Pascucci and Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.