Police Arrest Second Suspect In Case Of Boy Shot 19 Times Boy Gunned Down While Riding Bicycle

Police Arrest Second Suspect In Case Of Boy Shot 19 Times Boy Gunned Down While Riding Bicycle

POSTED: 2:54 pm PST November 15, 2004
UPDATED: 7:30 pm PST November 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES — Authorities plan to announce Monday that they have made a second arrest in the fatal shooting of a boy who was riding a bicycle in a South Los Angeles alley.

LAPD Chief William Bratton and Mayor Jim Hahn released details of the latest arrest Monday afternoon. Bratton said Frederick Douglas Brown is in LAPD custody.

Brown, 19, was arrested Sunday.

His arrest stemmed from a police pursuit that occurred about 4:50 p.m. Saturday, police said. Officers near 20th Street and Budlong Avenue had heard gunshots and went looking for the source. They reportedly spotted a suspect vehicle and a pursuit ensued.

The chase ended when the vehicle crashed at 29th Street and Arlington Avenue. The occupants ran away but two people — including Brown — were caught a short time later, police said.

Bratton said authorities are searching for a third person connected to the slaying.

The development comes more than one month after Byron Lee Jr., 14, was shot 19 times in the 700 block of East 81st Street. The Oct. 9 shooting triggered a community response and a manhunt by police.

Police received their first major break in the case when they arrested David Porter, 19, nearly two weeks after the shooting. He was charged with murder Oct. 25. Authorities said the shooting occurred around 2 p.m. Police said the gunmen drove past the boy in a car before stopping, getting out of the vehicle and opening fire. Police said witnesses told them that the boy begged and prayed for mercy as the gunmen surrounded him. Authorities said the victim had no gang ties, but police believe the slaying was gang related. On the day of the shooting, Byron’s mother said the boy was helping to clean the house before going for a bike ride. His mother said her other son died last year of a rare form of cancer.

“It doesn’t stop with my son,” Byum said after Porter’s arrest in October. “We can stop these people from taking our kids from us if we stand up as a community. I see cars going by with officers and I know they’re out there, looking.”

Family members said Byron wanted to be an entertainer. About 200 people attended a candlelight vigil for the boy after the shooting.

Authorities said the community’s devotion helped break the case.

A community group began collecting signatures for a petition asking the city to pave the dirt alley. They want to rename the alley after Lee.

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