The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved or renewed rewards for information that helps solve the fatal shooting of a 32-year-old man at a birthday party in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood and a father of three found shot in the backyard of his Windsor Hills home.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended the $10,000 reward in the case of Los Angeles resident Felix Valverde, who was attending a birthday celebration at an apartment complex in the 9000 block of Compton Avenue around 1 a.m. last Aug. 17 when two men walked to an alley at the rear of the building and opened fire into the party.
Valverde’s brother took him to Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, where he died. Another man was also sho,t but survived.
Investigators say video surveillance shows the two unidentified suspects exiting a Kia Soul parked on Compton Avenue before walking into the alley. A third man apparently stayed in the car.
The car’s color is hard to discern, but appears to be neon green, according to detectives, who say they hope that will make it easier for witnesses to recall. The area surrounding the apartment complex has been the scene of multiple shootings and is the subject of a broader investigation, authorities said.
Valverde supported his mother, two sisters and his brother by working construction demolition.
Ridley-Thomas also recommended renewing a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman who shot and killed 53-year-old Timothy Jackson on the night of Feb. 8, 2019, at his home in the 3500 block of Floresta Avenue in Windsor Hills. That reward was set to expire July 22 but will now be available for at least 90 days.
Jackson, who worked in the real estate industry, was found dead in his backyard with multiple gunshot wounds by deputies responding to 911 calls reporting gunfire around 10:30 p.m.
Anyone with information on either shooting was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477).