Richard Jefferson Sr., the father of former Arizona Wildcats star and NBA legend Richard Jefferson, has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Compton, Calif. according to TMZ.
65-year-old Richard Jefferson Sr. was in front of a liquor store in a primarily residential area around 6:52 PM when a vehicle rolled up and someone inside opened fire. Jefferson Sr. was struck multiple times in the torso. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Sources say Jefferson Sr. was with 2 other men at the time of the shooting. It’s unclear if Jefferson Sr. was the target.
The younger Jefferson was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Phoenix. He was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and has been in the league since then.
The teams Jefferson has suited up for include the Nets, Bucks, Spurs, Warriors, Jazz, Mavericks, Cavaliers and Nuggets. He is currently a free agent.
Jefferson spent three seasons at Arizona (1998-2001) where he averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He helped Arizona reach the national championship game in 2001.