The shooter accused of killing a 25-year-old man outside a Filipinotown Church after they confronted a vandal was identified by police Monday evening as a woman.
Officials said the gender of the shooter is an important lead in their investigation because while it is not unheard of, it substantially narrows down their list of potential suspects.
Beneath the church’s logo, which features an international symbol for peace, a tagger was spray painting a gang turf symbol Sunday night.
Two parishioners confronted the vandal, and a driver with the vandal opened fire on the two men outside the church at Beverly Boulevard and Reno Street, police said.
"All he asked was, 'What are you doing?'" said Det. Jeff Cortina with LAPD’s Rampart Homicide Division.
The shooting occurred at about 6:30 p.m. The vandal and gunman fled in a vehicle, police said.
There was no confrontation, Cortina said, not even when two other church members joined the victim.
"There were a lot of people out here. This is a very tight-knit community," Cortina said.
The victim was identified as 25-year-old Andres Ordonez, of Los Angeles. A man in his 40s was hospitalized, but details regarding his condition were not immediately available.
LA City Councilman Eric Garcetti announced on Monday a motion to offer $50,000 for the arrest and conviction of the shooter. That reward is expected to approved this week.
Church member Roman Lopez did not know Ordones personally, nor the man who was wounded. But he told NBC4 News that the shooting has left everyone shaken and emotional.
Residents echoed that statement, saying it’s time for everyone to pull together and help the police catch the gunman.
"I feel scared because I have two kids, and I’m always walking these streets," said Diana, a church neighbor.
Police have made no arrests.
The graffiti was painted over Monday morning.