The Los Angeles City Council is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the suspect who fatally shot a 25-year-old Del Rey man in his vehicle Aug. 17.
The victim, identified by police as Francisco Javier Ayala, was sitting in his parked Honda Civic in the 4600 block of Berryman Avenue in Del Rey at about 12:30 a.m. when he was shot multiple times by an unknown assailant or assailants, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said.
An investigation by LAPD West Bureau homicide detectives determined that Ayala was shot as he pulled away from the curb. It was unknown if the suspect was on foot or in a vehicle, the LAPD spokesperson said.
Ayala was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
Detectives said Ayala, who did not have any gang affiliation, had been visiting with his family earlier in the evening. Police are investigating a potential motive for the shooting and hope that a reward offering will influence any possible witnesses to come forward.
“This is a heinous crime and a tragedy for not only Francisco’s family, but for the entire community and city of Los Angeles,” said City Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced the motion for the $50,000 reward, which was unanimously approved. “If anyone knows anything that can help the LAPD solve this case, I hope and pray that they will help us bring those responsible to justice.”
Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact LAPD West Bureau homicide detectives Luis Carranza and Kevin Pierce at (213) 382-9470.