Rising basketball star Carl Lewis was gunned down in the parking lot of a popular food eatery in the city of Compton.
Lewis was found shot to death in the parking lot of Sr. Cliff’s Texas Style Burritos in the early morning of November 17.
“I heard the shots,” said Plummie Harmon.
Lewis was from Lynwood and attended schools in both Compton and Lynwood and also Hillcrest Prep in Arizona.
“We had so many people rooting for Carl,” said his former coach and director of the Real Run Basketball Program, Deanthony Langston.
“He misses a flight yesterday for an NBA trial in Arizona and he ends up getting killed,” said Langston.
The 6’10” National Basketball League of Canada player signed with the team Nov. 2019, his first professional basketball contract.
“The entire Sudbury Five organization is deeply saddened and devastated by the sudden loss of Carl Lewis III. The Sudbury Five express our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, teammates, and fans.
Crime continues to rise in Compton and has seen a 10% increase in homicides since 2019.
The Compton Sheriff’s station provided a recent report to city officials showing that overall crime is down 4% from last year.
Members of the community are calling on leaders to address the issues in the city.
“This is becoming a day to day occurrence,” said Adolfo Varas, executive director of the Latino Area Chamber of Commerce. “Employees saw someone murdered while at work.”
Varas commented that Lewis was shot eight times around 8:00am.
He urged the council to ensure the safety of both the business community and their customers.
The city has not issued a formal statement on the death of Lewis.