LANCASTER – Three men have been charged with murder in connection with a daylight shooting in Lancaster last week that left a 21-year-old man dead. But the person who pulled the trigger has not been caught, witnesses said.
Terrell Henderson, 20, Joshua Lockett, 20, and Randy Sullivan, 34, were charged with murder and gang enhancements in connection with the death of 21-year-old Brandon Houston, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
The men appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Monday, but the case was postponed until Dec. 17 for arraignment and plea. Bail for each defendant was raised to $2 million.
“Those three guys definitely know who the shooter is,” said the Houston’s sister, Lakeisha Coulter. “We want them to give up the shooter.”
Coulter said she saw her baby brother gunned down last Thursday (Nov. 29) during a street brawl near the Cordova Park Apartments on Gadsden Avenue. A gunman wearing a black hoodie walked into the fray and began to open fire, Coulter said.
“He was shooting at my brother,” she said. “Once he went down, he kept shooting him… He walked up on him and just shot him all in the back, about five or six times.”
Coulter said the entire incident stemmed from a verbal dispute between Houston and the mother of his three-month-old son earlier that day at the Granada Villas Apartments on Gadsden Avenue.
During the argument, Houston’s son’s mother called her sister for a ride from Houston’s home. The sister sent her boyfriend, Terrell Henderson, who does not get along with Houston, Coulter said.
When Henderson came by the home, an argument and scuffle broke out as Houston was trying to kiss his son goodbye, Coulter said.
“He [Henderson] ran back to the car and was like ‘we’ll be back!’” Coulter said.
After the altercation, Houston walked to his friend’s house. Coulter said she and other family members followed because they felt “something was not right”. She said they met up with Houston and his friends down the street on Gadsden, and about 30 minutes later, Henderson and his friends came back. The men circled the area in a car and then took off, Coulter said.
“We didn’t see them anymore so we thought they were gone,” Coulter said. “About two minutes later, we looked up, and there they come, through the inside of the Cordova Apartments.”
“I only remember seeing four come through the gate. It was the shooter and the three [Henderson, Lockett, Sullivan],” Coulter added.
She said the two sides exchanged words and then a huge fight broke out, with Houston and seven or eight of his friends on one side and Henderson, Lockett, and Sullivan on the other.
“The shooter came from inside the car and he just started shooting,” Coulter said, adding that her brother and a friend ran into a dirt field as they tried to dodge the bullets.
“He got him in his leg, and my brother’s friend tried to hold him up. He was trying to drag him and telling him “Come on, Brandon! Come on!” Coulter said. “He shot him somewhere else that made him go down, and once he went down he kept shooting him.”
Coulter said the gunmen stood over Houston and shot him about six times before the group fled the scene. She said she did not know the gunman and did not recognize him from being in the area.
“I can’t describe him because he was wearing a hoodie over his head, but when I see him, I’ll know,” Coulter said.
Later that afternoon, the three were arrested at Henderson and Sullivan’s residence in the 200 Block of Kildare Street in Lancaster. The men were booked for murder early the next morning (Nov. 30).
No other suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting, Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Holly Francisco said Tuesday.
“It’s just the three right now, Henderson, Sullivan and Lockett, and the investigation is ongoing,” Francisco said. She said she could not reveal further details on the incident because she did not want to jeopardize the ongoing investigation.
Coulter said her brother was not a gang member, and had no gang tattoos on his body. She said Houston was on the verge of going back to school and getting his life together for the sake of his three-month-old son.
“Once his son was here, 99% of his time was spent with his son,” she said. “He had been helping to take care of my sister’s kids, plus his son and my Mom. He was a good person, he didn’t deserve this.”
Detectives are asking anyone with information on this case to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.