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Charges Expected in Silver Lake Shooting

Juan David Vasquez Loma was shot in an apparent road rage incident



    Charges Expected in Silver Lake Shooting
    Police released this sketch Aug. 19 of the suspected gunman in an Aug. 7 shooting in Silver Lake.

    A suspect in the shooting death of a Silver Lake pizza delivery driver is expected to be charged Monday, said a Los Angeles City Councilman.

    Tom LaBonge's office confirmed to NBC LA on Monday that a suspect already in custody on unrelated charges in the Rampart Division has been named a suspect in the death of 20-year-old Juan David Vasquez Loma.

    A $50,000 reward offered in the case will not be given out, as no successful tips were provided, according to a spokesperson for LaBonge.

    The breakthrough was credited to police work, said the spokesperson.

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    Vasquez was shot in the head in the early hours of Aug. 7 while driving two coworkers home. He was hospitalized, but died Aug. 14.

    Police have not released a motive in the shooting, although it appears to be road rage.

    Vasquez, who worked at El Chavo Restaurant and as a delivery driver for Garage Pizza, was traveling on Effie Street toward Silver Lake Boulevard when he first encountered the assailant. At Micheltorena, the subject stopped and waited at a four-way stop, and Vasquez passed on the left, according to police.

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    "We believe that's what angered our suspect," said Det. Jose Carrillo. "There were no words exchanged -- nothing. The victim just continued on his way."

    At Berkely and Silver Lake Boulevard, the subject passed Vasquez (pictured, below) and began yelling, Carrillo said. Vasquez slowed to allow the driver to pass, but the gunman opened fire at Scott Place, Carrillo said.

    "Hopefully, when we catch the suspect we'll determine exactly what the motive was for the crime," said Capt. Bill Murphy.

    Earlier this month, the victim's mother spoke to the media, saying there were no words to describe her sadness.

    "I do not wish this upon another mother," said Maria Vasquez Ramirez. "He was a hard worker. He had dreams."

    Friends and family of Vasquez have set up a fund with Citibank to help cover bereavement expenses. Those who wish to donate can contribute to account No. 204204192.

    Anyone with information about the shooting can call the LAPD Northeast Homicide Division at 213-847-4261.

    Correction: In a previous version of this story, Juan David Vasquez Loma was incorrectly identified as 25 years old. His correct age is 20, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.