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Manhunt under way for gunman in Baldwin Hills murder

May 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A manhunt for a murderer continues after a nightclub owner was shot in front of his Baldwin Hills home.

Authorities said Alonzo Ester was returning home from the nightclub at about 2:30 a.m. Friday when he was shot. Ester, 67, was sitting inside his Rolls-Royce in the driveway when the shooting occurred.

Ester died as he was being transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Police said Ester crashed the car into a neighbor's garage after being shot.

Ester was the owner of Dynasty Restaurant and Lounge in Inglewood.

Authorities said witnesses saw a man running from the scene after the shooting.

A security guard said he followed Ester part of his way home that night after noticing a suspicious vehicle near the restaurant.

Ester's family said the nightclub owner was well-liked in the community and had no enemies.

"Respected all over, he was a great guy. He was my youngest brother. I don't know who would want to have taken a life," said the victim's brother.

Police said the motive for the shooting is unclear, but robbery hasn't been ruled out.

Those who knew Ester built a makeshift memorial outside of Dynasty Restaurant and Lounge on Saturday.

Civil rights leaders said they planned to go to the city council Monday to ask for a reward for the capture of the gunman.

Anyone with information related to the case was asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station at (213) 485-2583.