A San Bernardino, California, woman is mourning the loss of her 9-year-old son and the boy’s father after they were fatally shot at a local liquor store parking lot on July 8.
Ebony Newman, 27, was walking by Superior Liquor & Grocery store with her husband and two daughters when she noticed there had been a shooting, the Los Angeles Times reported. She was told one of the victims was an 11-year-old boy, but she didn’t know she was given the wrong information.
She was shocked after she found out the young victim was her son.
"I pulled up to the scene, thinking it’s another situation in San Bernardino, and it’s my baby," Newman told the Los Angeles Times. "What mom in her mind would think, that’s my baby? This is not right. This is not right."
The victims were identified as 9-year-old Travon Williams, his father Travon Lamar Williams, 26, and another man, Samathy Mahan, 25. Police reportedly believe Mahan, a known gang member, was the intended target. It's unclear how Mahan knew Travon Lamar and his son.
San Bernardino Police said the trio were leaving the liquor store when a man approached them from behind and shot them to death.
An employee at the liquor store said the 9-year-old boy had asked his father for some candy before leaving the store. He jumped for joy when his father said yes.
Travon was set to turn 10 during the month of July, CBS LA reported.
The suspect fled on foot and San Bernardino police released surveillance camera photos of the suspect, asking for the public’s help in identifying him.