Public’s Assistance Needed in Locating Murder Suspect

January 24, 2002

Press Conference
Friday, January 28, 2002, at 10:00 a.m.
Wilshire Community Police Station (Community Room), 4861 West Venice Blvd, Los Angeles

Los Angeles: On January 3, 2002, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the victim, 36 year-old Kenneth J. Shufford, a Mid-Wilshire Area resident, became involved in an argument with his long time friend Kenny Wayne Compton in the area of Edgewood Place and Queen Ann Place. The argument escalated when the suspect Compton armed himself with a shotgun rifle and fired at Mr. Shufford, striking him in the chest. Compton then fled the location in a 1985 burgundy red Buick, California License # 2RLW021. Mr. Shufford was transported to Cedars Sinai Hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics.
On January 11, 2002, Mr. Shufford succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
Suspect Compton is described as a male Black, 5’11", 273 lbs., Date of Birth of 7-20-1965. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Wilshire Homicide detectives will be conducting a press conference to request the public’s assistance in locating Kenny Wayne Compton. Suspect Compton’s photographs will be available during the press conference.
Anyone with information regarding Compton should contact Wilshire Homicide Detectives at 213-473-0444. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).
This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.