Mom shoots her sons, killing 1

October 17, 2009 8:10:14 PM PDT
A woman shot her two young sons Saturday, killing a 5-year-old boy and critically wounding his 1-year-old brother, police said. The woman -- 26-year-old La' Tonya Dixon -- called 911 at about 8:30 a.m. and told a dispatcher that she had killed her children, Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said.

When police arrived at the apartment complex in South Los Angeles, Dixon was standing on a second-floor balcony waving a handgun and telling officers to shoot her, police said.

She shouted "I've wasted my life," neighbors told the Los Angeles Times.

Officers ordered her numerous time to drop the gun, but she refused. At one point she climbed onto the balcony rail and stood on it, as if preparing to jump, police said.

When she eventually put the gun down on the balcony floor, officers quickly tackled and arrested her, police said.

The 5-year-old was declared dead at the scene, Eisenman said. The younger boy was shot multiple times and remained in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday night.

      QUICK HEADLINES | MORE US/WORLD | GET NEWS ALERTS
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ABC13 SOCIAL NETWORKING
Find us on Facebook® | Follow us on Twitter | More social networking
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
MORE FROM ABC13
ABC13 widget | Most popular stories | Street-level weather
ABC13 wireless | Slideshow archive | Help solve crimes
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Load Comments