Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Three Dead, Including 9-Year-Old Boy, In Liquor Store Shooting

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

A shooting outside a liquor store in San Bernardino Friday night left one 9-year-old boy and two men dead, police say.The San Bernardino Sun reports that around 9:20 p.m., gunfire was reported at Superior Liquor, which is about a block north of the 210 Freeway on Del Rosa Ave in San Bernardino.

According to KTLA, the shooter had been waiting outside of the liquor store for the three victims to exit. When they emerged from the store, he allegedly approached the three from behind and opened fire.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told the Sun that the boy collapsed in front of the store immediately, while the two men ran short distances before collapsing themselves. One victim was declared dead at the scene, while the other two were taken to a hospital, where they later died from their injuries. It is not yet clear which of the victims died at the scene, and which died in the hospital.

A release issued by the San Bernardino Police Department identified the victims as Travon Williams (9), his father Travon Lamar Williams (26), and Samathy Mahan (25). CBS L.A. reports that the younger Williams was to celebrate his 10th birthday on Saturday.

Support for LAist comes from

Investigators told ABC-7 that while a motive for the shooting is not yet confirmed, they believe it's possible that Mahan was the intended target, as he was a documented gang member.

The suspect fled, and is still at large. Police have released images from surveillance footage (seen above), and are asking the public to call 909-953-4675 or 909-384-5663 if you have any information.

Here's video of the younger Travon's mother learning of her son's death. Warning: it is so, so very sad.

This brings the homicide total for San Bernardino this year up to 37.