A 49-year-old woman was arrested Monday evening, hours after the body of her 17-year-old son was found fatally shot at a Rosemead hotel.
Deputies were called to the shooting about 10:10 a.m. in the 8700 block of Valley Boulevard, according to Lt. Victor Lewandowski of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Division.
At the Valley Hotel, deputies found the teen inside Room 111, unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his upper torso, the lieutenant said.
Later identified as George Hang, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
A boy’s mother was being detained at the sheriff’s Temple Station and investigators planned to interview her, Lewandowski said Monday afternoon.
Around 9 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department announced that the woman, Lai Hang, had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
She called authorities to the hotel and was there when deputies arrived, Lewandowski said. She told them the victim was her son.
“Mom called the sheriff’s station and asked for a response from the station,” he said. “She was upset.”
A handgun was found at the scene, the lieutenant said.
Lai Hang was booked at Temple Sheriff’s Station and was being held on $1 million bail, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.
The motive for the shooting was under investigation.
A woman who works in housekeeping at the motel, Deisy del Real, said she arrived at 9 a.m. and saw a Vietnamese woman being taken away. The woman had checked in the previous night, del Real said.
A coworker of del Real told her he heard two gunshots about 5 a.m., del Real said.
Authorities were investigating whether the fatal gunfire occurred around 5 a.m., Lewandowski confirmed.
“It’s possible the gunshots happened at that time,” he said.
The woman and her son both live in Rosemead, the lieutenant said. He did know why the pair were staying in the motel.