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Gerardo Macias Hernandez, 22

Gerardo Macias Hernandez, a 22-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, March 16, in the 2800 block of East Alondra Boulevard in Compton, according to Los Angeles County medical-examiner coroner’s records.

About 11:30 p.m., Macias Hernandez was the passenger in a Chevy Tahoe that had pulled into a strip mall when three other vehicles drove slowly toward them, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Hoglund.

A person shot at Macias Hernandez from a dark-colored sedan then sped off, Hoglund said.

Macias Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:56 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Investigators called the attack “totally unprovoked.”

“We don’t know why this happened,” Hoglund said.

Macias Hernandez and his family had just assisted the victims of a car accident down the street and had pulled into the strip mall to complete a U-turn to get gas.

Hernandez’s niece, who was 21 months old at the time, suffered injuries to her face and eyes from shattered glass.

The Board of Supervisors is offering a $10,000 reward for information the leads to the apprehension of a suspect in the killing. Investigators on May 8 released photographs of the suspect vehicles, which are believed to be two-dark colored sedans and a light-colored Mercedes with a sunroof. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-8477.

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