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Los Angeles Police Hold News Conference on Arrest Made in Chief's Granddaughter's Death

Aired June 8, 2000 - 1:21 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Live from Los Angeles now, the chief of police, Bernard Parks on the shooting death of his granddaughter.

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CHIEF BERNARD PARKS, LOS ANGELES POLICE: ... of a senseless violence. Shortly after that incident, we made a plea to the Los Angeles community to denounce this and all other acts of violence committed against members of our city. And we asked the public's help in finding this person. The media was instrumental in getting this message out to the public. The community responded and our investigators were provided with necessary clues to track down the person who committed this horrible crime.

This effort and this combined effort was -- came together to ensure that, hopefully, this individual never commits a similar crime in our community.

My family and me personally are very grateful to the Los Angeles community and the many groups of people who walk their neighborhoods to ensure that we would be able to find Lori's killer. At the same time, they deny -- denounced the violence and passed out flyers that were a great assistance.

I would like to personally thank the personnel at Robbery Homicide and the personnel at southwest area for their diligent work in bringing this case to this point.

My plea at this time is to the community and the media is to not just rally around this case, but also to dedicate the same effort in spirit of cooperation within this community against every act of violence that is committed in this city. Our ultimate goal is to have a society that's free of violence and crime, and we recognize that that is not the point at this time. However, if we unite together as a department, a city and community, we can fight this violence. Enough is enough.

I've certainly been at many of these news conferences in the past, providing several instances of positive and negative issues that have occurred in this department. Never thought that I would be here talking about my granddaughter in this fashion, and I just would like to say thank you to the community and the mayor and this department for their support. I personally will not be responding to any questions during this news conference, but we will leave that to the investigators who have the specific knowledge about this crime.

Thank you. I'd like to ask the mayor to make some comments.

RICHARD RIORDAN, MAYOR, LOS ANGELES: I'll be very brief because it's really not appropriate for me to be part of this conference. But the chief did ask me to appear today.

My heart, my prayers go out to Lori and to the Gonzalez family, to the chief and Bobbie Parks, and to all Angelenos who have been touched by this tragedy.

Also I'd like to congratulate the Los Angeles Police Department on their professional work in solving this incredible crime.

Chief, we're with you. God bless you.

CAPT. PEGGY YORK, LOS ANGELES POLICE: During the course of the investigations, detectives received information from community members implicating Samuel Sherrad (ph) Shabazz, age 18, as being the murder of Miss Gonzalez. As a result of information derived from the ongoing investigation, detectives placed a felony want into the county warrant system for Samuel Shabazz.

On June 6, uniformed officers assigned to southwest area detained Samuel Shabazz and a male associate at Ferndale Street and Orange Drive in Los Angeles for drinking in public. The uniformed officers became aware of the felony warrant for suspect Shabazz and notified detectives assigned to the Robbery Homicide Division. Shabazz was subsequently transported to Robbery Homicide division for investigation.

On June 7, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Samuel Shabazz was placed under arrest for 187 murder of Miss Lori Gonzalez. Mr. Shabazz is currently being held in jail division with no bail.

The detectives from Robbery Homicide have worked cooperatively with the district attorney's office. They have just returned from the district attorney's office where charges have been filed -- and the detectives will give you the specifics of those filings -- and Mr. Shabazz will be arraigned this afternoon.

I'm going to introduce now Captain Jim...

WATERS: Capt. York of the Los Angeles Police Department giving us the particulars: A suspect has been placed under arrest, charged with murder in the death of Lori Gonzalez, who is -- who was the granddaughter of the Los Angeles police chief, killed while going through a fast-food restaurant with a friend. The friend allegedly ducked -- was the alleged target and ducked and the bullet killed Lori Gonzalez.

The suspect, Samuel Shabazz Jr., an 18-year-old who was originally detained for drinking in public, the police officers whose detained him discovered the warrant out for questioning of this man. He was placed under arrest yesterday. He's being held without bail, will be arraigned today.

We will continue following this story on an arrest in the shooting death of Lori Gonzalez, the granddaughter of the chief of police of Los Angeles.

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