Justin Clark Lishey, 30
Justin Lishey, a 30-year-old black man, died Sunday, Aug. 21, after he was shot in the 12400 block of Longacre Avenue in Granada Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9 p.m. on Aug. 20, Lishey and two others were wounded by gunfire at a large home that had been rented for the Millions of Models Mansion Pool Party, police said. The party, which was attended by more than 100 people, was heavily advertised on social media and through fliers.
Lishey, a rapper who is also known as Kid Cali, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. early the next day.
Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Bob Green said that investigators believe a fight broke out shortly before the shooting.
Police say the presence of numerous security cameras on the mansion grounds will aid the investigation.
“There is plenty of video,” Green said. “There is probably 60 hours plus. Some is good quality and some is poor.”
Dorthea Devilla, a friend of the rapper, said she stood a few away during the incident, which occurred in the backyard near a deejay. She said that she didn’t see the gun, but a man approached Justin and tried to shake his hand and the recording artist declined.
“We heard shots and everyone ran,” she said. “Then I heard Justin was shot and I ran back. He was laying on the ground and I held his hand. It took ages for the paramedics to come.”
“He was talking with a gunshot wound in his shoulder, his back and hand and I tried to keep him awake,” she said. “‘You’re not going to die,’ I told him.”
Devilla said that Lilshey's injuries didn’t seem life-threatening when he arrived at the hospital. Doctors later found more gunshot wounds and discovered internal bleeding, she said.
Although hundreds attended the party, many witnesses fled after the shots were fired and before police arrived.
“There are witnesses, and we are hoping they will come forward with information,” Green said. “We believe this is a solvable homicide."
The home had been rented out for the party, and buses shuttled partygoers to the event from a nearby church. According to a promotional flier, Kid Red, a performer with ties to R&B star Chris Brown, was scheduled to perform that evening.
Lishey had posted the flier on his Kid Cali Instagram account.
As Kid Cali, Lishey had been signed to NFL player DeSean Jackson’s Jaccpot Entertainment, but the company said Monday that he was no longer affiliated with the label.
Among those who expressed condolences following Lishey’s death was rapper Snoop Dogg, who tweeted a photo of the slain performer along with the message “rest well young g.”
Police are looking for more witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD’s Valley homicide bureau at (818) 374-9550. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Photo: Justin Lishey in Hollywood in 2011. Credit: Vivien Killilea / WireImage