NBA Star's Father Victim in Drive-By Shooting

Richard Jefferson Sr. was killed in Compton, Calif.
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2018 6:34 PM CDT
NBA Star's Father Victim in Drive-By Shooting
Richard Jefferson   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NBA champion Richard Jefferson's father was killed Wednesday night in a drive-by shooting, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Per TMZ, Richard Jefferson Sr., 65, was in front of a liquor store in a mostly residential area of Compton, Calif., when a vehicle approached and someone inside started shooting. The senior Jefferson was reportedly pronounced dead at a hospital. An investigation is underway, and authorities are unsure whether he was the intended target.

The younger Jefferson played 17 seasons in the NBA and won a championship in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. His parents separated when he was a child. He grew up in Arizona, while his dad lived in California. The father and son had become closer in recent years, ESPN reports. (More Richard Jefferson stories.)

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