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City Offers $25,000 Reward in Freeway Shooting of Boy

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot a 12-year-old Whittier boy through the head on the Harbor Freeway last week as the boy was heading home from a baseball game.

“This is a reminder of the intolerable level of violence in our city,” said Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, who proposed the reward. “We have to do anything in our power to stop it, and that means providing incentives for people to come forward to identify perpetrators.”

The victim, Richard Bautista, remained in critical but stable condition Friday at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center.

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