Gardena Teen Fatally Shot During Apparent Burglary

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 19-year-old Gardena man was fatally shot by an auto shop owner in South Los Angeles during an apparent burglary.

Joven Broson was with two others when he was shot outside the shop in the 5800 block of South Hoover Street near Slauson Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police and a coroner’s spokesman.

“Two men were removing auto parts from vehicles parked at the business,” Los Angeles police Officer Karen Rayner said. “A witness called to alert the owners of the business who then responded to the business to investigate.”

Rayner says one of the owners armed himself with a handgun and confronted the suspect, who was trying to escape over a fence. One shot was fired, striking the suspect in the lower torso.

The owner, whos name was not made public, called paramedics and Broson was taken to a hospital where he died.

Police say Broson went to the shop with 19-year-old Charles Netherly and 19-year-old Christina Sharp, who was found hiding nearby. Both were arrested on suspicion of burglary and are being held on $20,000 bail.

The shop owner was interviewed and released, Rayner said.

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  • Justice

    Great News, about time people started protecting their property from people with no morals, it is a sign of the times.

  • WildWest

    Good, it deserved being killed.


    I won’t really say good, but you get what you give, 12;30am they all should have been in their warm beds sleeping, but they chose to go and steal auto parts for God knows who. Crime never pays, now look you don” got yourself killed for a damn transmission or something of the likes. Stupid stupid stupid!

  • Josh

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHahahahahhahAHHAHA. “Lower torso”; He was shot in the butt (according to other reports). How long until the family sues for wrongful death. I can hear it now… “He was a good kid. Always laughing and wouldn’t hurt anybody…” PSH!

  • Daryl

    How do you justify killing a kid for a property crime. You can’t just shoot someone in the back while they are running away from you for a property crime. Yes what he was doing was wrong, but he was not threatening the owner’s life or anyone else by escaping. If you are going to own a gun you better know the laws and when to use it. I will be shocked if they don’t end up charging the owner with involuntary manslaughter

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  • Hector

    Legally speaking , doesn’t sound like a justified shooting. Police released the owner so obviously they know something we don’t. Also, a wrongful death claim doesn’t sound unreasonable. If i were a lawyer, I’d just on this one in a heartbeat.

  • Aiyana pettway

    That was my Brother yes he was wrong but his life shouldn’t had been tooking and on that note this is not a funny matter who are you, how would u feel if that was your family. Allllll ya’ll people on here is wrong.

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