A mourning family has identified a man who was killed in a South Los Angeles shooting Tuesday that also resulted in his friend’s hospitalization.
Marcus McClendon, 52, was shot and killed after exiting a vehicle near West 65th Street and South Harvard Boulevard (map) in South L.A.’s Harvard Park neighborhood around midnight Tuesday, family said.
The gunman remained at-large following the shooting and investigators at the scene did not offer a description of the shooter.
McClendon was a local mechanic who drove to the scene along with a friend to visit someone when the shooting occurred, family said.
He was shot at least once in the back of the head after exiting the vehicle, McClendon's longtime girlfriend said after allegedly finding his body.
“It’s just a senseless killing because he done nothing to no one before this. He did not deserve this," said his girlfriend, who did not wish to be identified.
McClendon's 72-year-old friend, who was inside the vehicle at the time, was shot twice and transported to a hospital, family said.
The injured man was in stable condition Tuesday, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.
McClendon's grieving mother told KTLA he had a big heart and was her oldest child and only son.
“He told me one day, he said, 'mama, God must have put me on earth to help old folks,'” Catherine Mazzucco said. “He was always helping old people around their house, whatever they need done, plumbing, whatever.”
Mazzucco added that she hopes people learn from her son’s death.
“There’s a feud going on in the streets and I hope the young people learn … you taking something that you can’t give back, and one day you might want to give it back,” she said.
McClendon's family said he was not in a gang, and police at the scene did not know if the shooting was gang related.