Grady Lee Wilcots, 53
Grady Lee Wilcots, a 53-year-old black man, was pronounced dead Tuesday, June 28, after he was shot the day before at the corner of South Central Avenue and East 148th Street in West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Wilcots was working with a construction crew that was repaving South Central Avenue at 4:05 p.m. June 27, when a young Latino ran from 148th Street and shot him multiple times, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Rosson.
“There were probably 20 to 25 members of a crew working at that time, and it appeared to the witnesses that he [the gunman] ran straight up to Wilcots and opened fire,” Rosson said.
Wilcots was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next day at 7:07 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the head, according to coroner's records.
Rosson said investigators believe Wilcots was a past or present member of a Compton gang and may have been targeted by a member of a rival gang who was killed in another gang-related shooting the following day.
Marcos Perez, a 22-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday, June 28, in the 13800 block of South Avalon Boulevard in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, after he allegedly opened fire on three members of a rival gang, Rosson said.
Perez is a "person of interest" in the Wilcots shooting, Rosson said.
Investigators suspect that the gang Perez was involved with has been active in other shootings in the Compton area, Rosson said. Wilcots and the three men in Willowbrook were involved in separate gangs, he said.
All the shootings are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.