When Dejon Ward got lost in Los Angeles last Friday, he did what any responsible driver would do: He pulled into a parking lot to examine a map. But Ward's commonplace decision ended in tragedy when a gunman approached and fatally shot him.
Now Los Angeles police are pleading with the public to help identify two men that they think were involved in the senseless shooting. During a press conference Tuesday, the LAPD unveiled security footage of two men emerging from a silver Nissan Armada SUV in the same parking lot Ward was in. The video does not show the shooting, but does show the two suspects running back to their car and speeding away.
After he was shot, Ward tried to drive himself toward help but ended up crashing into an apartment building on Venice Blvd., where he was pronounced dead on the scene, reports KCAL9.
Ward, originally from Victorville in San Bernardino County, graduated from Charter Oak High School in 2009 and was a college football player, reports KCAL9. During the press conference, LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza emphasized that Ward was not involved in any illegal activity. He didn't even get into an argument with the gunman before he was shot.
"He was shot and killed while he sat in his car, seat-belted in," said Carranza.
Ward's funeral will take place Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. at the Southside Christian Palace Miracle Center.
The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the crime should contact the LAPD.