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News Release

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Media Relations

Man and Teenager Shot and Killed

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of 39-year-old Columbus Lanard Campbell and 16-year-old Kavette Hashani Watson.

On October 6, 2008 at about 12:30 a.m., Campbell and Watson were sitting in their white 2001 Mercedes E430, at the 3400 block of 63rd Street, when an unknown suspect(s) walked up and shot them. Both victims were struck multiple times by the gunfire.

Campbell was pronounced dead at scene. Paramedics transported Watson to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The motive for this crime is unknown. There is no suspect(s) or vehicle information at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact South Bureau Homicide Detectives Ernie Mendoza and Lyman Doster at 213-485-1383. After-hours and on weekends calls may be directed to the 24-hour toll-free number, 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855) or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with LAPD. Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website, www.lapdonline.org. Tips may remain anonymous.