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LAPD offers reward to capture Jefferson Park shooter

Picture credit: Los Angeles Police DepartmentLos Angeles police offered a $50,000 reward Thursday morning in hopes of capturing an unknown shooter who killed a man in Jefferson Park several months ago.

On March 23, Mario De Leon Rivera, a 51-year-old Latino, was walking with his wife near 29th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard shortly before 6 p.m. when two men approached, police said. One of the men pointed a handgun and fired several shots, striking De Leon Rivera.

The bullet was intended for a man who was behind the couple, police said. De Leon Rivera was taken by paramedics to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses described the assailant as a light-skinned black man or Latino between 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 11 and with a slim build. He was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap.

Anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the shooter is asked to contact the LAPD Criminal Gang Homicide Group detectives at (213) 485-4341. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

-- Sarah Ardalani

Picture credit: Los Angeles Police Department

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