Christopher Frank Beasley, 25
Christopher Frank Beasley, a 25-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Sept. 25, in the 22800 block of South Van Deene Avenue in West Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Beasley and his younger brother were standing on the porch outside their family’s condominium when a Latino man walked up to them around 4:15 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
“The suspect asked, ‘Where are you from?’” Mendoza said. “There was a brief argument, and the victim was trying to get his brother inside the door, when the suspect produced a handgun and fired a number of shots.”
Beasley was struck multiple times in the upper torso as he pushed his brother inside, Mendoza said. “It appears he actually took the rounds because he was standing in front of his brother.”
The brother survived without injury, Mendoza said. Beasley was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:39 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The gunman ran to a white SUV, Mendoza said. The vehicle, driven by a Latina woman, was last seen heading northbound on South Van Deene Avenue, he said.
Beasley and his family had been living in the condominium for a long time, Mendoza said.
The "Where you from?" question is common with gang-related shootings, Mendoza said, leading investigators to believe the shooter may be involved in a gang. However, neither Beasley nor his brother appear to have gang ties, he said.
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.