The Los Angeles City Council has approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of suspects in the fatal shooting of a man near an after-prom party in Venice.

Los Angeles police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the suspects involved in the murder of Michael McGuire, Jr., 21, on June 13.

McGuire and a friend had been turned away from an after-prom party for Venice High School students and were standing on the sidewalk near their car when a dark-colored SUV drove up. An occupant of the vehicle fired several shots, fatally wounding McGuire and grazing the other victim, and the vehicle then fled the location.

Police said there were two parties taking place on the same street at the time of the shooting and detectives hope that the $50,000 reward will influence any witnesses to come forward. The investigation is ongoing and police have not determined a motive.

One witness description identified one of the suspects as possibly a Hispanic man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and a dark bandana over his face.

Family members and friends held a “paddle out” ceremony July 10 near the Venice Pier in honor of McGuire, who was an avid surfer. After holding a small memorial on the sand, over 70 people paddled out to sea and formed a circle to pay tribute to the fallen Venice High graduate.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Los Angeles Police Department detectives at (310) 482-6370, or (877) LAPD 24-7 (877) 527-3247.

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