In parts of Los Angeles, even in 2015, the colors you wear still mean something on the streets.
In a story that could have taken place in the 1980s, a 19-year-old paid for an innocent fashion faux pas with his life last month, police said.
He was fatally shot because he was wearing shoes in a bright red hue favored by the Bloods gang, cops suggested.
It happened May 29 about 11 a.m. in the 3300 block of West Florence Avenue, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.
This week police announced that four suspects have been arrested in connection with the South Los Angeles murder of teenager Tavin Terrell Price.
On Tuesday, 27-year-old Kanasho Johns was arrested near Houston with the help of the FBI, LAPD said. Last week 27-year-old Antheyst Jarrett was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder after the fact, police said.
Also last week, 30-year-old Dwight Smith was arrested at his South Los Angeles home, and 25-year-old Kevin Johnson was arrested near Florence Avenue and 11th Avenue, both on suspicion of murder.
Cops allege Johns was the shooter and that Johnson is the one who confronted the teen about his shoes.
This is what LAPD says went down:
On Friday, May 29, 2015, around 11 a.m., 19-year-old Tavin Terrell Price was at the Simms Car Wash located at the 3300 block of West Florence Avenue. Price walked into a smoke shop and was confronted by a male … over his gang affiliation. The suspect made comments about Price's red shoes. Price did not reply, finished his purchase, left the shop and went back to his car. A second suspect ran across the street, walked up behind Price and fired multiple times, striking him. The suspect then fled back across the street.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics took Price to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The attack happened in an area that has seen a spate of gang shootings in recent months, particularly on or near Crenshaw Boulevard.
According to a Los Angeles Police Department map of gang injunctions, the area of the shooting is claimed by the Rolling 60s Neighborhood Crips.
That gang's color, of course, is blue.