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Kenneth Mills, 22

Kenneth Mills, a 22-year-old black man, was shot and killed May 23 in the 9500 block of Flower Street in Bellflower, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 7:45 p.m., three black men entered a barber shop with hoodies over their heads and opened fire without saying anything, said Det. David Gunner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Four people were injured in the shooting. Mills, a customer of the shop, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:32 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

German Booker, a 25-year-old manager of the shop, was also killed.


For the Record

March 15, 3 p.m.: A previous version of this report said that Mills was a manager of the barbershop and Booker was a customer. Booker was a manager and Mills was a customer.


An 18-year-old man and a 30-year-old man who were wounded were expected to survive.

The barber shop was open for business at the time, but witnesses fled the scene. Gunner declined to state the motive for the shooting, but said that it was not a robbery.

Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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