April 03, 2015 12:20 PM

A California mother was shot to death in front of her 12-year-old son on Wednesday after she allegedly laughed at the suspect in question.

Police said that Denise Berry, 44, and her son were sitting in traffic in Hawthorne when she pointed out a man with his feet hanging out of the window of a Cadillac, according to the Daily Breeze.

“Mommy says, ‘Look at that, isn’t that funny?’ and they made eye contact,” Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department Lt. Dave Coleman told the paper. “She drove on and they began following her.”

Authorities said Berry stopped her car beside a police officer to get help. He told her to park in front of him and he’d handle it.

As she was backing up, the Cadillac pulled up alongside her and a man who’s been identified as Robert Washington, 38, got out of the car and fired into her vehicle, the Daily Breeze reports.

Both mother and son were hit. Berry died on the scene, while the son managed to flee the car. The officer pulled his gun and returned fire, killing the shooter, according to KTLA.

Two other men – Stanley White, the driver, and Brandon White, the backseat passenger – were in the Cadillac at the time of the incident. Both were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, Coleman said. Stanley White was also arrested on suspicion of murder.

The boy underwent surgery for the gunshot wounds on Wednesday. He is expected to recover.

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