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LAPD hopes video can ID South L.A. shooter

May 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Surveillance video shows a gunman storming into a busy burger restaurant as he levels his gun and opens fire on a victim who then crumples to the ground dead. The shooting happened at lunchtime in broad daylight at Jim's Burger on a very crowded street corner but police are stopping short of saying this brazen attack was gang related. But today they released the surveillance video that they say hopes leads them to a killer.

"Based on our investigation so far it appears though as if the victim may have been targeted," said LAPD Detective Lenny McKenzie.

Dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans, 20-year old Demetrius Meriwether walks into a local restaurant on May 6. He was inside for only a few seconds when a gunman enters behind him, points a handgun at Meriwether's head and opens fire.

"Walks in, it appears as though he's going to order some food when a male black suspect enters the business and fires multiple gunshot wounds, striking Demetrius and is seen running out of the location," said McKenzie.

LAPD detectives are hoping surveillance video will help lead them to the gunman. The suspect is described as a black man between the ages of 20 and 30, standing about 6 feet tall. The video, while very grainy, could help catch the gunman.

"Hoping that someone in the community can view that tape and you know someone can call and help us in our investigation, possibly recognize the shooter," said McKenzie.

Several shots were fired at the burger stand at Grand and West Adams but Meriwether was the only person who was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The gunman fled in a silver Dodge Charger with chrome rims. Police are hoping someone might recognize the car, the rims or the clothes on the gunman.

"He's wearing a T-shirt, a black T-shirt that's got some unique insignia writing on the back that somebody out there could possibly recognize and give us a call," said McKenzie.

No suspects have been identified in the case, and no arrests have been made.

Police asking for the public's help. If you think you might recognize the person in that surveillance video, you're asked to call (877) LAPD-24-7.


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