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Council approves $50,000 reward to solve fatal walk-up shooting

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for killing a 40-year-old man in South Los Angeles.

On the night of Oct. 11, 2012, Paul T. James was walking down the 9600 block of South Hoover Street when he was approached by a person wearing a hooded sweat shirt, according to the City Council motion that asks for the reward.

The suspect then fired multiple rounds at James, who later was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Times’ Homicide Report.

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The Vermont Vista neighborhood where the killing occurred has become deadlier since 2012, according to a Times analysis of homicide data. In 2012, it was the 18th most deadly neighborhood out of L.A. County's 270 neighborhoods, with five homicides. In 2013, it became the deadliest, with 13 homicides.

Anyone with information about James' killing was urged to contact LAPD's anonymous tipster hotline, Crime Stoppers, at (800) 222-8477, or the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-4341.


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