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Slain Compton toddler identified; alleged shooter arrested

Sheriff’s homicide detectives asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to call (323) 890-5500

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Liquor store confrontation between two strangers turns deadly for Compton toddler

COMPTON — The Los Angeles County Coroner has named Franklin Pontrose as the 3-year-old Compton toddler killed in an automobile, after two feuding men exchanged gunfire Saturday night.

The alleged shooter, 29-year-old Dwayne Christopher Ward, surrendered at the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station on Monday, January 22, 2918. He was placed under arrest for a parole violation and is being held without bail.

According to a sheriff’s spokesperson, Ward, on parole for armed robbery and taken into custody on a parole violation, said he was defending himself against another man and did not know a child was in the vehicle.

The altercation occurred Saturday night outside a liquor store at Alondra Boulevard and McKinley Avenue.

Mourners, including the boy’s cousins and the alleged shooter’s father, gathered at the crime scene Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil, said Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic HOPE, who organized the event.

“I applaud the Compton community for coming together to assist law enforcement in identifying the suspect alleged to have killed an innocent three-year-old. This is the first step in delivering justice,” Compton Mayor Aja Brown said in a statement.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives suspect the shooting was gang-related, and are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to call (323) 890-5500.

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