Richard Jefferson's father killed in drive-by shooting

NBA star Richard Jefferson's father reportedly killed in drive-by shooting

The father of National Basketball Association veteran Richard Jefferson was shot and killed on Wednesday night in a drive-by shooting in Compton, California.

The 65-year-old was outside a liquor store in a residential area when an unknown person opened fire from an approaching auto, TMZ reported.

Jefferson Sr. was struck multiple times in the torso.

Jefferson Sr., 65, was shot Wednesday evening in Compton and pronounced dead at an area hospital later that night.


Authorities are investigating the shooting but it is now unclear whether Jefferson Sr. was the target or not. It remains unclear whether or not he was the intended target.

Investigators of the L.A. County Sherriff's department told ESPN in a statement they were unsure of a motive or suspect at this time. Appearing in just 20 games, he averaged 1.5 points and grabbed 0.9 rebounds while playing a total of 163 minutes.

The younger Jefferson was born in South Central Los Angeles in 1980 but moved to Phoenix with his mother when he was young.

The reasons behind the murder remain unknown and detectives are continuing their investigations.

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