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Los Angeles man accused of fatally shooting son because he was gay: prosecutors

imageFriends and neighbors of a man who has been charged with killing his son because he was gay said Saturday that the young man had a troubled history and was involved in several incidents that resulted in the police being called to the house.

On Friday, Shehada Khalil Issa, 69, of North Hills was charged with fatally shooting his son, Amir Issa, 29, outside the family's home earlier this week because he was gay, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

"The murder was committed because of the victim's sexual orientation and because of the defendant's perception of that status and the victims' association with a person and a group of that status," prosecutors said in a statement.

Issa was arrested at the scene and booked into the Men's Central Jail on one count of premeditated murder. He is being held without bail.


The shooting occurred about 9 a.m. Tuesday at the family's residence.

The father admitted that he shot his son with a shotgun, said Sgt. Greg Bruce of the Los Angeles Police Department, who was the incident commander at the scene of the shooting. Bruce said he was not provided with any explanation as to why the man shot his son.

The body of Amir Issa was found outside the home, police said.

The victim was shot once in the abdomen and once in the face, Bruce said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities entered the home and also discovered the victim's mother, identified by the coroner as Rabihah Issa, 68, on the bathroom floor. Because of the condition of the bloodied body, it appeared she had been dead "for a while," Bruce said.

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