An 80-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting Tuesday outside an Amazon Fresh store in Westchester.
The deadly altercation unfolded around 4 p.m. in the 6800 block of La Cienega Boulevard, near Centinela Avenue, in the store’s parking lot.
Cellphone video captured the confrontation between the 80-year-old man, who can be seen holding a gun, and a 30-year-old man standing near a white pickup truck, as it escalated into a fatal shooting that was witnessed by several people.
“The young guy that got shot was being very aggressive,” Tracey Knox, who witnessed the shooting, told KTLA. “He was saying derogatory things to the African American gentleman, and I believe that there was some words that were said and he turned around and shot him.”
Another witness said the whole incident started when the younger man drove his pickup truck erratically into the store’s parking lot.
“The guy that got shot came through the alley, I’m assuming toward La Cienega, screeching his tires and screeched to a stop,” a witness named Daymon said.
That’s when an older lady, the alleged shooter’s neighbor, pulled into the parking lot in a black Lexus, according to Daymon. She’d been coming from the same direction.
“I don’t know. I’m assuming it’s some road rage type thing,” Daymon added.
At that point, witnesses said the man in his 30s began screaming at the older woman for some reason.
“I was like, ‘Just get back in your car. Why are you getting out of your car?’ She was like, ‘I live right here,’” Daymon told KTLA’s Mary Beth McDade.
According to witnesses, that’s when the alleged shooter emerged from his home in a robe with a gun.
“I think my neighbor heard the same thing and responded and came out to protect the person that he knows,” Otis Jackson, the alleged shooter’s neighbor, said.
The man in his 30s is then said to have gotten very aggressive with the older man, yelling at him, calling him in the N-word. Those watching the incident unfold said the shooting happened moments later.
“Officers were able to take that suspect into custody and begin rendering aid to that individual that had been shot,” Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Kelly Muniz said.
He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither of the two men have been identified. Police added that they are continuing to speak to witnesses and investigate the incident.