CBS2/KCAL9’s Dave Lopez identified the victim as 67-year-old Alonzo Ester, the owner of Dynasty Restaurant and Lounge in Inglewood, a popular supper club.
Ester was believed to have been shot about 2:30 a.m. in his driveway on Hillcrest Drive, Los Angeles police Officer Lyle Knight said. Ester was declared dead at a hospital.
A preliminary investigation found that Ester was sitting in his white 2010 Rolls Royce Phantom when another man walked up to the passenger side and shot him twice, Knight said. The gunman fled in a dark-colored sedan.
Witnesses at the scene said that Ester’s money clip had been emptied and was found on the ground. Ester was known to carry a lot of cash.
Ester employed a bodyguard, who goes by “OO,” but he had accompanied another club employee home. “OO” said he only followed Ester home some nights.
KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports that the LAPD says Ester had a security camera in his driveway.
Anyone with information which might help the investigation is asked to call police.