Eron Mull, 18 [Updated]
Posted Jan. 12, 2008, 11:45 p.m.
Eron Mull, an 18-year-old black man, was shot to death Saturday, Jan. 12, in West Los Angeles outside of the nightclub Level Ten near La Cienega Boulevard and Rosewood Avenue.
A fight in the nightclub spilled into the parking lot of nearby Norm's restaurant, and a radio call went out to officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division, said Officer Norma Eisenman, an LAPD spokeswoman.
Arriving at the scene about 11:15 p.m., officers heard gunfire from an alley, where they discovered Mull with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was declared dead at the scene. Eight people who tried to flee from the area were detained for questioning. One suspect is at large.
According to family members, Mull was a Los Angeles City College student bound for Prairie View A&M University, where he planned to study electrical engineering. He had played the drums since early childhood and taught other music students at a summer band camp. He also participated in a police-clergy council at LAPD's Newton Division.
His mother said he was never in the nightclub, but at a nearby restaurant. He was trying to draw other people away from the fight when he was killed, she said.
[Updated July 8: Man gets 50 years to life for murder outside nightclub]