( 4UMF NEWS ) Mom Killed After Chuckling At Stranger:
She chuckled, then she got killed. A California mother innocently laughed at a stranger on the road moments before the man shot her and her 12-year-old son, killing the woman, police said.
“It appears to be random or misguided,” Lt. Dave Coleman told the Daily Breeze about the cold-blooded killing.
Denise Chiffon Berry, 44, was driving in Hawthorne Wednesday afternoon with her son when the boy made eye contact with three men driving by in a Cadillac, police said.
The boy told police Berry noticed one of the Cadillac passengers had his feet hanging out the window, laughed and remarked: “Look at that, isn’t that funny?”
Then she drove on — and the men followed. Berry drove up to police officer and told him they were being pursued, so the cop told her to park in front of him. But that did not save her.
After Berry pulled her Mercedes-Benz over around 12:30 p.m., the men caught up with her. One jumped out of the car and opened fire with two handguns. The officer fired back and killed the shooter, identified as Robert Washington, 38, of Rialto.
Berry was killed on the scene. Her son, who hasn’t been named, was injured, but still managed to run away and speak to investigators before undergoing surgery, KTLA reported.
Brandon Armolav White, who was driving the Cadillac, and his half brother Stanley Ross White, the other passenger, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy. Both are being held on $1 million bail.
Police are still investigating the shooting but said the men appeared to have no connection to their victims.
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