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Detectives seek public's help in killing of West Covina man

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Detectives released surveillance footage Wednesday in the killing of a West Covina man in hopes that the public will come forward with information.

On Dec. 1, 2013, Christian Rodriguez finished working at a warehouse in Santa Fe Springs and stopped at a liquor store in Norwalk shortly before 10:45 p.m., said Lt. Steve Jauch with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

“It was not out of his routine to stop there and grab something,” Jauch said at a press conference.

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Rodriguez went inside, made a purchase and was sitting in his car in a parking lot in the 12500 block of Rosecrans Avenue when investigators believe a silver Nissan Xterra pulled in and parked next to Rodriguez’s vehicle.

A male and a female got out of the Xterra, walked to Rodriguez’s car and spoke with him for a few minutes. Then, either the man or the woman pulled out a gun and shot Rodriguez, Jauch said. He died at the scene.

The man and woman fled in the Xterra southbound on Bloomfield Avenue, authorities said.

Jauch said investigators believe Rodriguez knew or was familiar with the suspects.

Rodriguez was described as an avid New York Knicks fan who lived with the mother of his young child.

“Oftentimes, the public will know something that we don’t,” Jauch said.

Anyone with information can contact the L.A. Sheriff’s Department at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tippers can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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