Authorities Friday circulated video footage of a suspect wanted for fatally shooting a 48-year-old man in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles in early January.
Eric Perez was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest about 7:30 p.m. Jan 6 on a sidewalk in the 900 block of South Alvarado Street, near James M. Wood Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The unidentified suspect had been walking southbound on Alvarado Street when he passed Perez on the east sidewalk and shouted something at him, causing Perez to turn around and face the suspect, according to police.
“Both victim and suspect walked toward each other, at which time the suspect produced a handgun from his waistband. The suspect fired one shot, striking the victim in the chest,” according to an LAPD statement.
The suspect fled on foot southbound on Alvarado Street to eastbound Olympic Boulevard, according to police.
He’s described as having black hair and a goatee, and was wearing a black jacket with white stripes, a gray work shirt, light blue jeans and brown work boots.
Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts was urged to call Detective Bradley Golden, Central Bureau Homicide, at 323-342-8960. Those wishing to report anonymously can call 800-222-TIPS.
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