Suspect sought in killing outside shoe store in Fairfax District

Authorities Thursday continued their efforts to find the gunman who killed a man who was apparently trying to intervene in a dispute involving a raffle in front of the Fairfax District shoe store where he worked.

Los Angeles Police Department officers responded about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to Melrose and Genesee avenues and found the wounded man lying on the street. The man, identified by fellow employees as Jayren Bradford, died at a hospital.

Police later learned there was a dispute “between a group of males and females” at a shoe raffle in front of a store in the 7700 block of Melrose.

A man in his 20s wearing dark clothing shot Bradford and fled northbound on Genesee in a silver Toyota Camry with a temporary license plate number BC10D32, police said.

Fellow employees at the Shoe Palace told Fox11 that Bradford, a clerk, was killed trying to break up a fight outside the store.

At a memorial created outside the store to honor Bradford, Bennett Francois told KTLA5 about his slain friend.

“He was trying to help out … to defuse the situation,” Francois said. “And now, he’s passed away. And the sad thing is, his brother (who’s) like a twin to him, and his mother, they’re all in Colorado. This was an innocent kid; like, probably a straight-A kid while he was in school. So, now, we don’t know what his whole potential could have been.”

On Wednesday, Keyshawn Williams described Bradford as a great co-worker.

“He was an outgoing peer who always wanted to make friends, ” Williams told Fox 11. “He made me feel welcome, like this is somewhere you want to be.”

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call LAPD West Bureau Homicide investigators at 213-382-9470. Calls made during non-business hours or on weekends can be directed to 877-527-3247.

Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at

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Ruth Williams
Ruth Williams
1 year ago

On the news this morning it was reported that the suspect was apprehended. It was a juvenile. Doubly sad that a life was lost and taken by a kid who had his whole life in front of him as well.

1 year ago

So it’s been reported a 16 year old is in custody for this murder. Isn’t it nice to know under our illustrious DA’s policy this cockroach won’t be tried as an adult or possible gang enhancements but instead be out by the time he’s 25 to kill again? Ahhh, you gotta love the leftist agenda of everyone gets a prize trophy.

1 year ago

I saw the video of this and his slaughter appears to be planned by a group. Bradford is seen standing alone when a group of men and women approach him and gather around him as if to cover the shooter. Right after the shooting the group turns and calmly walks away, not seemingly to be in any way shocked by what the shooter had just done.

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