Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mass Murder in San Bernardino: Suspect in Custody


Kavin Johnson and David Lawler were two of the three victims of a fatal shooting in San Bernardino on May 16, 2014. No photo of Terry Freeman was provided. (Credit: San Bernardino Police Department)

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Thanks to A Texas Reader, who writes,

Does this constitute a mass murder?

Or just another garden variety day in the 'hood?


Man Arrested in Triple-Fatal Shooting in San Bernardino
By Melissa Pamer
21 hours ago

A man was arrested Friday afternoon just hours after three men in their 20s were fatally shot in the parking lot of a strip mall in San Bernardino, police said.

Three men were dead after a shooting in San Bernardino on May 16, 2014. (Credit: Newspro)

The shootings were reported about 4:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of South Diners Court (map), where officers found the three victims all suffering from gunshot wounds.

At least one victim and the gunman were believed to be gang members, according to police.

About 60 people were at the scene and were interviewed by police, San Bernardino Police Department Lt. Rich Lawhead said.
The shooting occurred in a busy commercial area near multiple chain restaurants.

One man, 26-year-old Kavin Johnson of Colton, was dead when officers arrived, according to a news release from the Police Department.

Two others who had gunshot wounds to the upper torso died after being taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

They were identified as David Lawler, 21, and Terry Freeman, 20. Both men were from San Bernardino.

Late this afternoon, San Bernardino police tweeted that an arrest had been made.

The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Travon Stokes.

He was at the San Bernardino Police Department being interviewed by homicide detectives, according Lawhead.

The motive for the shooting was not known but police described “a verbal exchange between the victims and the suspects where gang affiliation was verbally acknowledged.”

“The suspect then began firing multiple rounds striking the three victims, before getting into a red or burgundy four-door vehicle, and fleeing the scene,” the news release stated.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Josh Cunningham at 909-384-5745 or Sergeant Gary Robertson at 909-841-5361.


Anonymous said...

I guess we have to file this on under black matricide. Twin daughters drown their mothers after an argument. When I saw their picture and how light skinned they were I wondered if the mom was white but if you look up Jarmecca Whitehead (mother's name)it's clear she is a black woman. I have no idea of the fathers race, likely another absent black father. I haven't seen this story picked up by national mainstream news sources, except for token mention. This strikes me as the kind of story, if it involved whites, that would be sensationalized. Can't that when they are black though, it would spoil this illusion fostered by the media that it's "whites that do crazy shit". Jerry

Anonymous said...

Travon Stokes.


Where have we heard that name before?

[not same spelling of course]

Anonymous said...


A crime story that goes national almost never has a black perpetrator.

You hear whining about the crimes with "dead white girls" getting publicity. But these cases always have suspects who look like Joran Van Der Sloot or Scott Peterson.

David In TN

Anonymous said...

Yes, David of course. I was trying to be a bit sardonic. I would actually take it a bit farther, I can't think of a racist black murderer (I don't think OJ counts) with white victims that has ever received the kind of blanket media coverage with followup stories that reinforce their identities in the minds of the public. Aaron Alexis is one example, where are the followup stories we usually get for mass killers on his scale? He's already forgotten yet we're getting regular reports on the activities of Mr. Van Der Sloot. Yes, he is, of course, safely white so the media will do it's best to make him a poster child of criminal violence. Jerry