A community is mourning the death of a 16-year-old boy who was shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy on Sunday, Feb. 4th.
Police say they received a call that a man was threatening someone with a gun in the Westmont neighborhood of South L.A. When deputies arrived, they say they saw the victim, Anthony Weber, walking down the street with a gun in his waistband.
When deputies instructed Anthony not to move, the teen ran into an apartment complex and was shot several times by deputies in the torse.
Anthony, who had an eight-month-old daughter died at the scene.
A few days later, a grieving and enraged John Weber, the father of Anthony yelled, “Where’s the gun? Where’s the gun?” at officials at an emergency community meeting of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission at a neighborhood church, with a crowd of upset residents chanting and shouting in support of Weber.
“I know where the bullets are – they’re right in my baby’s back,” Weber yelled.
Deputies claim that Anthony had a gun, but no gun was found at the scene. A sheriff’s spokesperson says that a crowd of 30 to 40 people gathered after the shooting and that it’s possible that one of the bystanders took the gun.
“While waiting for additional deputies and trying to control the situation, it is believed that someone may have been able to gain possession of the gun and take it,” a Sheriff’s Department statement later said.
Residents aren’t buying that theory.
“The gun that they were chasing him for holding and shot him for holding, somebody took that same gun from him?” South L.A. resident, Cliff Smith, asked. “To make themselves the target?
“In what world or in what universe … is that possible?” he added.