Boy Arrested in Murder of Anti-Gang Activist
Memorial for Ronald Lamonte Barron (Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times / February 7, 2010)
Police say the victim, Ronald "Looney" Barron, was killed Sunday after he left a bar in central Los Angeles and noticed the boy defacing a wall.
Police say Barron confronted the tagger, who shot the 40-year-old multiple times.
He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police would not release the name of the suspect due to his age.
They say he is not a gang member, but is a known tagger.
His age was not immediately released.
A former member of the Mansfield Crips, Barron worked for the past decade for Amer-I-Can, which runs a program in which former gangsters counsel youth to avoid crime and violence.
Amer-I-Can, a program funded by Football Hall of Fame member Jim Brown, is well known for its gang outreach work in the Los Angeles County jails.