Mother shot to death in front of 12-year-old son after they laughed at gunman

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A mother was shot to death in front of her 12-year-old son after apparently they apparently laughed at the suspect.

It all happened at about 12:30 p.m.  Thursday.

KTLA reports that police say the 44-year-old woman and her son saw three men in a 1994 Cadillac. The two chuckled when they saw one of them with his feet hanging out the window. The little boy made eye contact with one of the men.

Shortly after, the mother and son stopped their Mercedes-Benz beside a police officer, telling him they thought they were being followed. The Cadillac then pulled up to their car, and the gunman got out, opening fire with two handguns.

The officer returned fire, killing the shooter.

The 12-year-old boy was able to run away despite gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital and required surgery.

The driver and the passenger of the Cadillac were both arrested.

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