Detectives Investigate a Homicide

September 23, 2003


Los Angeles: Southwest Area Detectives are investigating the shooing incident that led to the death of 53 year-old Gay Smith.

On Friday, September 19, 2003, at about 11:20 p.m., in the 1500 block of West 23rd Street Jamal Flowers 22 years-old was involved in a dispute with his aunt, Gay Smith and a 31 year-old female relative. During the dispute, Flowers armed himself with a handgun and shot Mrs. Smith in the head. Flowers then shot the surviving female striking her in the lower torso. Flowers turned the handgun and shot himself in the head.
The Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced Mrs. Smith dead at the scene.
The 31 year-old female and Flowers were transported to a local hospital. The female victim was treated and is listed in stable condition. Flower’s died from his injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Southwest Area Homicide Detectives 213-485-2417. On weekend and during off-hours, contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detectives Information Desk, 1-877-529-3855, 1-877-LAWFULL.
This Media Release was prepared by Public Information Officer Lucy Diaz, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.