Security guard shot and killed after argument with suspect in Hawthorne; arrest made

Family at the scene said the security guard was grabbing a bite to eat with a friend after just finishing a shift. staff KABC logo
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of security guard in Hawthorne
Eddie McAllister, a father of five, was fatally shot after getting into an argument with someone following his shift in Hawthorne.

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (KABC) -- A security guard was shot and killed in Hawthorne early Wednesday morning, and a suspect in the killing was arrested, police said.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. on Rosecrans Avenue near Lemoli Avenue, according to the Hawthorne Police Department.

The victim's daughter identified the victim as Eddie McAllister, who would've turned 57 this year and leaves behind five children.

She says she received a call just after 2:30 a.m. that her father was fatally shot. Family at the scene told Eyewitness News that he was a security guard and was grabbing a bite to eat with a friend at a burger restaurant after just finishing a shift.

At some point, and for reasons unknown, McAllister became involved in a verbal altercation with the suspect before it turned physical. According to police, that suspect pulled out a gun and shot McAllister up to two times in the stomach. McAllister was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was tracked to a nearby location in a neighboring city, according to police. He was taken into custody without incident.

"Every emotion has gone through my head... every emotion but processing it," said Emani McAllister. "Now, I'm living my biggest and just worst nightmare."

Emani said a bystander captured video of the incident, and she's urging the public to come forward with any information.

A GoFundMe page is expected to be set up later.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Hawthorne Police Department's Detective Bureau at 310-349-2820.