The father of NBA veteran Richard Jefferson was fatally shot in a drive-by in Compton, Calif., on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The elder Richard Allen Jefferson was 65. The Inglewood, Calif., resident was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital Wednesday night with gunshot wounds to his torso. According to the police report, Jefferson was shot around 7 p.m. when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up, and an assailant opened fire.
The investigation is still ongoing, and the police department did not name any suspects in the killing.
The younger Jefferson, 38, is in the twilight stages of an NBA career that has spanned over 18 seasons with eight different teams, most notably with the New Jersey Nets early in his career and as a member of the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. He played last season in 2017-18 with the Denver Nuggets and has yet to sign with a team for the 2018-19 campaign.
Jefferson, who grew up in the rough South Central, moved to Phoenix with his mother who remarried to finish high school and eventually attended the University of Arizona before he began his NBA career.
SOURCE: USA Today, Scott Gleeson