Paul Edward Foster
Updated: May 3
Paul Edward "PJ" Foster, a 50-year-old black man, died Friday, June 28, 2019 after he was shot outside 14115 Crenshaw Boulevard in Hawthorne, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office.
Foster was standing outside his workplace, the En Effect Barber Shop, eating a bowl of cereal around 10:50 a.m. when a silver-colored sedan pulled into the parking lot, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Dean. Two men got out of the car wearing dark-colored ski masks and began firing at Foster, striking him multiple times, Dean said. The men ran back to their car and drove away, heading west on Rosecrans Avenue. Foster was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:42 p.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
A customer standing near Foster was injured with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder, but is expected to survive, Dean said. The shooters didn't speak before opening fire, Dean said, and investigators don't have a motive for the shooting.
Foster was a father of two children and had worked at the barbershop for more than 10 years, family told ABC7 News.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Amber Montenegro at (310) 574-4582 or John Collins at (323) 574-1302. or Sheriff's Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.