If you have driven down Pacific Coast Highway towards Harbor City in the last year, you probably remember the giant billboard asking for any information about the 2014 murder of 21-year-old Shailo Leafa, located just up the street from the hookah lounge where Leafa was shot. After two years with little to no leads, last week the LAPD Harbor Division received new information that led to the arrest of three Harbor City gang members.
Leafa died March 5, 2014 after being shot in a strip mall parking lot near Western Avenue and 259th Street. Leafa and two other men had just left the Sahara Hookah Lounge. The shooter shot several rounds, hitting Leafa and wounding one of his acquaintances. Harbor Division homicide detectives had no information to help solve the case, which encouraged Leafa's family to display the billboard asking for the public's help.
Leafa was a star basketball player for Narbonne High School and was named the Division II Player of the Year for the All-L.A. City Section in 2011. All three suspects are Harbor City Crips gang members, and the police have labeled the murder gang-related although Leafa was not a gang member. Police believe the suspects had issues with Leafa and his friends being in Harbor City Crips gang territory.
The three suspects have been charged with a single count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. The two initial suspects were held on $7 million bail, and bail for the third suspect was set at $2 million. All suspects have past criminal record convictions that include jail time for carrying a concealed weapon as well as drug and other gun offenses.