Michael Randolph, L.A. Homicide No. 27: Man Found Fatally Shot Inside Crashed Car in South L.A.
On the evening of January 31, Michael Randolph was found shot multiple times inside a car that crashed into a liquor store in the 200 block of West Imperial Highway.
After the store owner notified the police, paramedics arrived and took the middle-aged black man to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to LAPD officials.
The Los Angeles Times reported the shooting may have been a gang-related drive-by:
Investigators believe the shooting was a drive-by, however authorities do not have a description of the shooter or getaway vehicle. [LAPD Criminal Gang & Homicide Det. Scott Smith] said Randolph was a documented gang member and authorities believe the shooting was gang-related.According to the City News Service, there was a bullet hole in the front windshield, on the driver's side.
The intersection of West Imperial Highway and South Broadway closed for about four hours after Randolph's shooting.
Note: Due to technical difficulties, the LA Weekly's archive of all homicides within Los Angeles city limits was discontinued near the end of last year. We will be rolling out the 2011 homicides, one by one, until our "Murder was the Case" archive is up to date. Thanks for your patience.