Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man they say shot and killed a pedestrian at the border of the Westlake and Pico-Union neighborhoods earlier this year.
The Los Angeles Police Department on Monday released a photo of the suspect — described as an older man with a long ponytail and glasses — in the Jan. 6 killing of 48-year-old Erik Perez.
Officers who responded to the 900 block of South Alvarado Street about 7:30 p.m. found Perez lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities say the suspect was walking south on Alvarado when he passed Perez on the sidewalk. The man then stopped, wheeled around and shouted something at Perez.
As the two started walking toward each other, the gunman pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot Perez once in the chest before fleeing on foot down Alvarado and east on Olympic Boulevard, police said.
Anyone who may know the suspect’s identity or has additional information is asked to call Det. Bradley Golden with Central Bureau Homicide at (323) 342-8960. Tips also can be left anonymously at (800) 222-8477 or lacrimestoppers.org.