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$75K reward in S. LA adult daycare shooting

April 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A $75,000 reward is being offered as police try to find two gunmen who shot and wounded three people with special needs. The gunfire rang out while those three victims were outside an adult daycare center at West Vernon and Van Ness avenues in South Los Angeles.

Two women and one man, all mentally challenged, were shot in the backyard at the center on March 7. All three are recovering from their wounds.

The mentally challenged man sat quietly at a Wednesday news conference though the scar on his cheek spoke volumes to just how close he came to death.

"Half his face was blown off," said the man's mother. "I just thank God that my son is sitting here with me."

With the shooters still on the loose, the man's family wants to keep their identities hidden.

The shooting happened March 7 in the middle of day at an adult daycare facility near the corner of Vernon and Van Ness avenues.

The LAPD says two unidentified men opened fire at two other men. The 10 bullets missed the intended targets but hit three mentally challenged adults behind the fence.

Now more than a month after the shootings police are worried the case is growing cold.

"This incident happening at noontime, we're certain that somebody had to be walking by at that time, happened driving by at that time, and had to have seen something," said LAPD Capt. George Rodriguez.

A $75,000 reward has been offered.

"That reward is huge in sparking interest in the community and getting us leads to this type of crime," said LAPD Capt. Dennis Kato. "Because these kinds of crimes are not solved until somebody from the community comes out and gives us that information."

"They hide like rats," said the mother of one of the victims.

The parents of the disabled man aren't surprised the shooters haven't been found. But they will be surprised if no one speaks out now that the reward has been offered.

"It just takes one name. One name will bring forth another name," said the victim's father. "Money talks. Money will talk."

Anyone with information related to the shooting was asked to call Los Angeles Police at the anonymous tip line at (877) LAPD-24-7.