Man shot dead while walking dog in downtown LA – NBC Los Angeles
A 52-year-old man was shot and killed Saturday while walking his dog in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles, authorities said.
The man and his dog were walking around 5 a.m. near the corner of Genesee Avenue and Saturn Street, when a dark-colored sedan approached and stopped at the northwest corner of the intersection, reported the Los Angeles Police Department.
A suspect got out of the car, words were exchanged and then he fired several shots at the 52-year-old man. The suspect got back into the sedan and drove the vehicle northbound on Genesee Avenue.
The victim has been identified as Marcos Sandoval.
A neighbour’s security camera captured the two fatal shots and the man’s dog returning home after the incident.
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A neighbor’s security camera captured the moment someone in a darkened sedan shot and killed a 52-year-old man who was walking his dog in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles, and his dog was heading home afterwards.
The victim was discovered around 6:15 a.m. by a passerby, who called 911.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene. His name will not be released until his family has been notified of his passing.
The dog was unharmed and returned home on its own.
The reason for the shooting is not yet known. Police say they don’t yet know if it was a random or targeted crime.
Neighbors, some of whom were awakened by the gunshots, are worried about the incident.
“I’ve never seen anything like this here before,” said Shirley Dionzon. “If someone was shot there, who knows who it was, who shot. I’m very scared now.”
Another neighbour, too frightened to show her face to the camera, said she was awakened by the argument between the two men before the gunshot.
“I woke up with two men, which felt like an argument,” she told NBC4. “Not shouting but speaking loudly, which I found unusual, [it’s a] super quiet area.”
She says it seemed like the two men knew each other, but she couldn’t really figure out what they were arguing about. Then she heard gunshots.
“It’s a neighborhood where people get up early, walk their dog, run, it’s something that my husband and I do, so the idea of somebody pulling into a corner and shooting somebody then him walking the dog is awful,” she said. .
LAPD West Bureau homicide detectives urged anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 213-382-9470 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.