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Two suspected gang members charged in fatal shooting of 5-year-old on Halloween

Halloween-shootingTwo suspected gang members have been charged with fatally shooting a 5-year-old boy in a South Los Angeles backyard, where he was playing in his Spider-Man costume on Halloween.

Leonard Hall Jr., 21, and Marcus Denson, 18, both alleged members of the Kitchen Crips gang, each face one count of murder for the killing of Aaron Shannon Jr. and two counts of willful attempted murder for shooting his uncle and grandfather as well on Halloween. 

Hall is accused of being the gunman, according to court documents. 

Prosecutors allege the shooting was to benefit a “criminal street gang.” Both suspects have been  held on $1-million bail since their arrests Thursday and Friday by Los Angeles police. The pair will appear in court Monday afternoon.

LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon said the suspects crossed into a rival gang's territory looking for someone — anyone — to shoot as payback for a shooting earlier this year.

"They were not targeting any one individual," Gannon said. "These are violent people with no sense of how their violence affects other people, including a young, innocent boy."

Gannon said tips from the community, including gang members, led to the arrests.

Hall is on parole after a conviction on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, officials said. Jail records show he also was arrested on Oct. 15 for robbery. As part of the conditions of his parole, he is forbidden from associating with the Kitchen Crips, according to a law enforcement source.

Aaron was playing in the backyard in his new Spider-Man costume when the gunman opened fire and shot him in the head. His uncle was hit in the leg, and his grandfather on the wrist.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Aaron Shannon. LAPD

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Another innocent murdered in cold blood by totally worthless scum.

Can someone explain why we allow these urban terrorist to exist...All of these criminals should be eradicated before sending one solider outside our borders...We should be spending all of that money wasted in Afghanistan here...targeting gang members...

Illegal GUNS on the streets + people with no conscience or concept of the value of human life are a recipe for more death and disaster. When will we all realize that the gun laws in this country are not sufficient to protect the innocent victims of the crimes that are committed by individuals getting guns for a few hundred dollars on the street or at gun shows, where no one is doing a background check or sanity check? Children are dying and no one is standing up to say this we've had enough we need to change our laws are we all numb to the horror of killing and are OK with accepting this as a fact of life? Illegal guns from the US find their way into the hands of criminals here and in Mexico even but we all look the other way! A gunman went and shot at children in Chatsworth at an Elementary School and no one stops and says ENOUGH, WHY? Pressure your local police and politicians to do something people, bullets have no name as we can see in this situation.

When will start to hold the families of the murders accountable. Until there is shame and blame placed folks(family members) that condone/support/encourage this gang activity, these criminals will always feel like the have a "safe" place to hide. I know that isn't the only solution, but personal responisibility is a first step.

use them to find roadside bombs.....

lets hope the inmates handle these two fools inside prison. Make them suffer for the rest of there lives. Better yet just make them hang themselfs. By the way that gang that they are from has a stupid name. Is there a bathroom crip gang out there also. :)

@ usc81: The shooters are african-american. You would think with a usc education you would be taught to think and not actually believe that every bad thing that happens is the work of an illegal immigrant.

So sad

@Lisa Byers - your bigotry is showing...these idiots are not hispanic.

These idiots were not Mexican Lisa Byers, if you read the article you would know this. They do not deserve to be in jail forever, with our tax $$ paying for it, they deserve the death penalty.

@ Lisa Byers! What are you talking about? Why would they be deported to Mexico? I think they are Black and not hispanic. Maybe you should read the article before posting ignorant and racist posts on this site! #FAIL.

Deported back to Mexico?? But they're not fr... Ahhhh, nevermind(never argue with idiots, bystanders might not be able to tell the difference).

Lay in peace to little Aaron and may his family somehow recover. 5 years old, gunned down by gang members. Geez.

Oh and as an aside, having grown up in LA all my life - I surely don't know a lot of Mexican Crips out there.....

There are things worse than death that people can go through. I highly suggest these 2 gang members go through that for taking the life of an innocent, 5 year-old boy was simply trying to enjoy a holiday with his family.

These gang members have proven that they are far less than human, and they should be treated as such.

These gunmen really set themselves up! Child murderers and molesters are at the bottom of the pecking order in prison.
That poor child, killed on what should have been one of the happiest days of the year for a little kid. R.I.P. God bless his family that has to live with the pain.


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