L.A. County Renews $10,000 Reward in El Monte Shooting


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors re-established a $10,000 reward today for information leading to the gunman who fatally shot a 20-year-old driver in El Monte. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended re-offering the reward, which had expired, saying investigators had no viable clues in the killing of Fabian Garcia Barajas of Pomona. 

Barajas was shot while driving on Gilman Road north of Valley Boulevard shortly after midnight on April 3. The mortally wounded motorist's white Infiniti G35 crashed into the front metal security gate of a business park in the 12300 block of Valley Boulevard. 

Barajas was a car and video games enthusiast. He lived with his mother and worked in Walnut as machine operator to help support his family, according to authorities. At a May news conference in Monterey Park with sheriff's deputies, Barajas' family wore T-shirts with the victim's photo.

``If anybody has any information about this person please step up, help us out,'' said Barajas' father, also named Fabian. ``Help us catch this person. This person is an animal, not a human being.''

Solis urged anyone with information about the shooting to call sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).


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