$50K Reward Offered to Find Killer of 20-Year-Old

Police on Monday announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever gunned down a young man in a drive-by attack in Boyle Heights in December.

Mitchell Maya, 20, was shot at 8:20 p.m. Dec. 8 as he left his residence in the 700 block of North Breed Street and walked toward his car, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Maya, a barber who had an 18-month-old son, was hit a number of times and died at a hospital. A motive for the shooting is unclear, LAPD Capt. Martin Baeza told reporters at a news conference at the LAPD's Hollenbeck Station.

"This particular neighborhood has maybe about three different gangs that surround it," Baeza said. "So what we don't know (is) if this was a case of mistaken identity ... The motive is really unknown to us ...."

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call LAPD Hollenbeck homicide Detectives David Alvarez, (323) 342-8964, or Jose Ramirez, (323) 342- 8984. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be made anonymously.

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