Relatives of a 27-year-old man who was killed in a drive-by shooting as he stood in a South Los Angeles parking lot urged any potential witnesses to come forward with information leading to the shooter, while police announced a $50,000 reward in hopes of generating leads.
Antonio Wilson was shot about 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the 4300 block of South Vermont Avenue. A white four-door BMW 3 Series sedan — possibly a 2010 model or newer — pulled up to Wilson, and shots were fired at him, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The car then sped off.
Wilson died at a hospital on Nov. 30.
“Our family is struggling to live without my son, Antonio,” Wilson’s mother, Nicole, said. “… Tony was an artist, he was creative. He was a writer. He was a singer. He was a rapper. He was all these things that a lot of people will never know.”
She noted that Wilson had a 7-year-old son.
“His son will not be able to hear his father tell him he loves him again,” she said. “My grandson is struggling, at 7 years old, struggling to live without his father.”
The suspect was described as a man about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds, the LAPD reported.
“Just like my wife and I, we’re standing up here — this could be you, you out there watching,” Wilson’s father, Andre, said. “We weren’t expecting this. Just speak up.”
The reward was offered by the Los Angeles City Council for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call LAPD South Bureau homicide detectives at (323) 786-5110, or (877) LAPD-247.