Reward Likely to Be Offered in Westlake Church-Tagging Shooting

One man was killed and another wounded after the pair confronted a tagger outside a church

By Melissa Pamer
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 10:54 AM PDT
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$50K Reward Expected in Fatal Church Shooting

One man was shot to death and another wounded after they confronted a tagger spray-painting on this church Sunday evening. A $50,000 reward is expected to be offered for information leading the arrest of the gunman.

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$50K Reward Expected in Fatal Church Shooting

As investigators revealed the shooter who gunned down a parishoner outside a Filipinotown church, LA City Councilman Eric Garcetti on Monday motioned for a $50,000 reward in connection with the shooting. The reward is expected to be approved later in the week. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from the Rampart Division for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2012.
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The Los Angeles City Council is expected to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a shooter who killed one man and wounded another during a confrontation with a tagger outside a Westlake church.

Andres Ordonez, 25, of Los Angeles, was shot to death, and a man in his 40s was wounded by a gunman outside Principe de Paz church around 6:20 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.

Councilman Eric Garcetti was expected to introduce a motion for a $50,000 reward at the City Council meeting Tuesday. He had on Monday announced the planned request at a press conference at the scene of the shooting, in the 3000 block of Beverly Boulevard (map).

The two men had gone outside the church during services to confront a female who was spray-painting on the building.

"All he asked was: 'What are you doing?'" Detective Jeff Cortina said.

A man got out of a nearby vehicle and opened fire on the churchgoers, then the female tagger and the gunman fled in the car, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"It is believed that the involved suspects have gang affiliations," according to an LAPD statement.

Police said they were looking for three suspects.

Anyone with information about the assailants was urged to contact Rampart Division homicide detectives at (213) 484-3634. To leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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