Police Seek Suspects in Shooting Death of Teen

September 14, 2006

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police detectives have released the names and pictures of two suspects wanted in the afternoon death of Dazohn Tony Roberts, 17, who was shot yesterday in the 6500 block of Balboa Boulevard.

Detectives from the Van Nuys police station worked through the night to identify the shooter, 16-year-old Nanshon Williams, and a man who acted as a getaway driver, 38-year-old Bruce Williams. The two are not related.

"The case came together very quickly," said LAPD spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vernon. "The shooting appeared to be gang related."

The shooting occurred yesterday around 3:45 PM in the vicinity of Birmingham High School, but the school was not involved. Neither Roberts nor Williams were enrolled in any school.

Williams and Roberts were both armed and both fired their weapons. Roberts was wounded in the lower torso and died later at the Northridge Hospital. Detectives believe Williams and Roberts were members of rival gangs.

After the shooting, witnesses saw Williams get into a black, four-door Acura about two blocks away. It was driven by Bruce Williams, who is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon. The license plate was California 4SLE618.

Detectives recovered Roberts’ gun at the scene, a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun. They served a search warrant this morning at Nanshon Williams’ home in Van Nuys, and Bruce Williams’ home in Mission Hills. Nanshon and Bruce Williams remain at large.

Photographs of Nanshon and Bruce Williams were released to aid in their capture.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Van Nuys Homicide Unit at 818-374-0040. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

Bruce Lamaar Williams

Nanshon Williams