Son killed trying to aid father during armed robbery in Lynwood
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
L.A. County sheriff’s detectives were looking Monday into the killing of a man who was fatally shot when he tried to protect his father during an armed robbery at a Lynwood strip mall.
The father and son were approached by two men Sunday afternoon around 3:40 when they were sitting in a car in the parking lot in the 10900 block of Atlantic Avenue, according to a statement by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
One of the men walked up to the driver’s side of the car and demanded money from the father at gunpoint, authorities said. The father struggled with the armed man for control of the gun, during which he was pistol-whipped in the face several times, according to the sheriff's department statement.
His son got out of the car and tried to help his father but was shot multiple times in the upper body, police said.
The son was pronounced dead at a hospital. His father was treated for minor injuries. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department said it did not have the names of either victim, but the L.A. County Coroner's office identifiied the son as Basel Hijaz, 26, according to the Times' Homicide Report.
The suspects were described as 18 to 20 years old. No arrests were made.
For the record, 2:37 p.m. March 19: A previous version of this post said neither victim's name was available, but the L.A. County coroner's office had already released the son's name.
-- Victoria Kim
Image: Map shows location of Sunday's shooting in purple, as well as 39 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Los Angeles Times