Reward Offered in Killing of 21-Year-Old Man Who Pulled Over to Look at a Map | NBC Southern California

Reward Offered in Killing of 21-Year-Old Man Who Pulled Over to Look at a Map



    Los Angeles Police Department
    The driver of a silver Nissan Armada is seen on surveillance video moments before a 21-year-old was fatally shot in Mid-City on July 12, 2013. This man and his passenger are wanted in connection with the slaying.

    A $50,000 reward is being offered for information in the Mid-City slaying of a 21-year-old man, who apparently pulled over to look at a map and was gunned down, police said.

    Dejon Ward was shot and killed on July 12 at 12:45 p.m. in Arlington Heights as he was sitting in his parked car, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He found himself lost near Crenshaw and Venice boulevards and pulled over to look at a map when he was approached by a pair of men.

    Surveillance video, embedded below, captured two men believed to be the shooters in a silver sport-utility vehicle near the parking lot where Ward was killed.

    Police released the footage July 16 in the hope of garnering leads in the case, but so far, they’ve been unable to solve the slaying.

    The video shows a male driver parking a silver Nissan Armada SUV and walking away. Moments later, a passenger exits the SUV and walks in the same direction as the driver.

    Some 6 seconds later, according to a timestamp on the video, the pair is seen running back to the SUV and they drive away.

    After the shooting, Ward's bullet-riddled car, pictured at right, crashed near Bronson Avenue and Venice Boulevard, police said.

    A motive in the shooting is not known, but Ward’s family has told media that their loved one has no gang ties.

    Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD at 1-877-527-3247, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.




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