It happened Sunday night on Woodale Avenue in Arleta, says the Daily News' Susan Abram. Filimon Ramos was killed and his 19-year-old son wounded, apparently by a neighbor who had argued with Ramos over parking.
On Monday, Ramos' 9-year-old son, Johnny, stood over his father's blood in the driveway, pointed at the round, dark stain and said, "This is where my dad was shot." Later, he collected yellow police tape from the scene.
Police said [Alvaro] Williamson had a prior conviction for spousal abuse. The father of 17-year-old identical twins, he had asked one of his sons to bring him a loaded handgun to shoot Ramos, police said.
Early Monday morning, Williamson surprised detectives by turning himself in. He told a television news crew parked outside the police station that he was surrendering, but that his son is innocent.
When asked repeatedly by a television reporter whether he killed Ramos, Williamson said, "No comment." Four hours later, Williamson's son, who had been sought, also turned himself in; his name was withheld because he is a minor. Both father and son were charged with murder and attempted murder and were being held without bail, Rock said.
"We had reported him before to police about a month ago," said a 25-year-old family friend who would give his name only as Arnoldo. "He didn't like anyone to park near his curb."
This was the second neighborhood dispute in three months that left someone dead. Police said Castulo Nevarez, 68, shot and killed Pacoima resident Juan Jorge Gomez, 23 - also over parking spaces. Nevarez remains on the loose.
Neighbors speculated that alcohol and hatred of Latinos may have fueled Williamson's rage.