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Homicide investigators announce reward in Compton’s unsolved fatal shooting of Philadelphia man

COMPTON, Calif. (KABC)– On Wednesday, grieving Philadelphia mother Movita Johnson-Harrell attended a press conference with Los Angeles County law enforcement officials asking for help solving the death of her son. The incident happened in Compton last year. The Sheriff’s Department announced a reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Johnson-Harrell continues to seek answers about the death of her 30-year-old son, Donte Lee Johnson. The last time she saw him was the day before the shooting.

“On March 4, 2021, he kissed me five times on the left cheek, looked into my eyes and said, ‘Mom, I love you. See you later.’ And the next time my son came home, it was in a box,” Johnson-Harrell said. “I’m asking for the community’s help right now.”

Johnson, a Philadelphia resident, was in Compton visiting friends and family when the shooting occurred, according to investigators.

Johnson was killed in a mall on the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Elm Street.

“Donte and his friends were met by an armed suspect who produced a pistol and began firing in their direction,” LASD Lieutenant Michael Gomez said. “Donte was fatally shot at the time.”

Johnson is survived by his mother, father and two children.

“He was a devoted son and a devoted father to a 9-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son,” Johnson-Harrell said. “Just before he was shot at, he was sitting in the back seat of the car, looking at his daughter.”

Homicide investigators believe there are witnesses in the area who may have seen the suspects or know the suspects’ identities. The suspects left the scene in a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser.

“The silver PT Cruiser was missing two front hubcaps, the roof was oxidized, and there was a sticker on the lower-left corner of the rear window,” Gomez said.

Investigators believe it has to do with a gang but said Johnson was an innocent victim. Anyone with information can call 323-890-5500, to remain anonymous call 1-800-222-8477.

“No information is too small. No information is too big. Whatever it is, please call the detectives and share that information,” Johnson-Harrell said. “We deserve justice.”

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