LA PD Chief Kin Killed

Tuesday, May 30th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The granddaughter of Police Chief Bernard Parks was shot to death in a restaurant parking lot by gunman who was aiming for her friend, authorities said.

Lori Gonzalez, 20, was shot several times by a man who walked up and opened fire on the car in the driveway of a Popeye's fast food store in south Los Angeles at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Lt. Horace Frank said.

No arrests had been made Monday night. Police said they had no information about a possible motive for the attack.

``We're really asking the public's help in bringing this individual to justice,'' Frank said.

The attacker apparently was aiming for Gonzalez's passenger, who was a 20-year-old friend of the woman. He was not struck by bullets.

``He ducked and he was not injured,'' Officer Jason Lee said.

Gonzalez is the daughter of one of Parks' three daughters, Felicia, Lee said. Parks also has a son.

Parks and his family were ``grieving in seclusion,'' according to a police department press statement. The family was ``devastated,'' Frank added.

Mayor Richard Riordan issued a statement of condolence, saying he and his wife, Nancy, were ``deeply saddened by the tragic death'' of Parks' granddaughter.

Her father, Joe Gonzalez, told the Los Angeles Times she was studying English at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. She was in Los Angeles on a visit to see her mother.

Her father described Lori Gonzalez as ``wonderful with people and full of life.'' She also held two jobs, as a drug store clerk and an operator with Pacific Bell.

Gonzalez's death isn't the first time Parks' family has made the news. In 1998, Clark County, Nev., prosecutors dismissed drug trafficking charges against one of Parks' daughters, Michelle Lynette Parks.