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Double Shooting at Harbor City Barbecue Stand Leaves One Dead

The Friday incident occurred at a Wheaton's Eatins parking lot stop

The parking lot setup at Wheaton's Eatins
The parking lot setup at Wheaton's Eatins
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Gunfire broke out last Friday in front of a Pep Boys auto parts store in Harbor City, leaving one street food worker dead. The victim, 31 year old Jennifer Ann Dickerson, was said by family members to be an aspiring musician working three jobs to support her dream.

As NBCLA reports, it’s unclear at this time what caused the shootout to begin, but there is little doubt that Dickerson — who was working at outdoor barbecue pop-up Wheaton’s Eatins — was simply caught in the line of fire. The unnamed assailant, who was wearing a bandana to cover his face, escaped, but not before also injuring another person on site. The daytime incident happened just before 2 p.m. last friday on Pacific Coast Highway.

The popular Wheaton’s Eatins barbecue pop-up had until now become a staple in the greater South Bay, with rotating locations in parking lots in and around Redondo Beach, Lomita, and Harbor City. it’s unclear what will happen to the outfit moving forward, with the five year old company going dark since Friday. Their only message is a note left on their Facebook page asking for guidance during the difficult time, followed by an outpouring of support from community members and prayers for the victims of the shooting.