The Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday released video of a suspect being sought in the fatal shooting of a man in the Westlake neighborhood.

The shooting happened Jan. 6 about 7:30 p.m. in the 900 block of South Alvarado Street, near James M Wood Boulevard, according to police.

The victim, 48-year-old Erik Perez, was walking on Alvarado Street’s east sidewalk when the suspect, walking southbound on Alvarado, stopped, turned around and shouted at him, according to police. The two men walked toward each other, and the suspect grabbed a handgun from his waistband and shot Perez in the chest before running away, the LAPD reported.

Officers found the victim lying on a sidewalk, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect was described as an older white or Hispanic man with long hair in a ponytail. He was wearing glasses and was clad in a gray sweatshirt, a black button-down shirt, light-colored pants and black shoes.

Authorities circulated video footage of the suspect and encouraged anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts to contact Detective Bradley Golden, in the Central Homicide Bureau, at 323-342-8960, or during non-business hours, 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Those wishing to report anonymously can call 800-222-TIPS.

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