In August, a California man was sitting in his car with his girlfriend when he was shot numerous times and killed in what police suspect was a gang-related incident.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported Wednesday that Miguel Angel Prado, 23, had come home with his girlfriend in the early hours of August 18 after working an eight-hour shift in Los Angeles. They were in his car on Compton’s 100 block of E. Caldwell Street.
A light-colored vehicle approached them while they sat and talked. According to LASD, a light-skinned black man adult approached the driver’s side door and peeked inside the Prado.
Prado reacted by attempting to flee, but was shot many times and collided with a parked car on the opposite side of the roadway. The suspect then fled in his car.
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded and attempted to resuscitate Prado, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Investigators believed the shooting was gang-related, and Miguel Prado was the innocent victim of a senseless act of violence,” according to the department’s statement. “LASD Homicide investigators believe there are witnesses in the area who may have seen the suspect or know the suspect’s identity.”
Compton Mayor Emma Sharif expressed her condolences to Prado’s family.
“In his 23 short years of life, he made an impact on our community as he recently obtained his security guard license and was working at a facility that cared for US Veterans,” the mayor was quoted as saying in a press release.
LASD published a sketch of the suspect as well as security footage of the car involved in the homicide.
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