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Reward offered in North Hollywood shooting

April 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A $50,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever was involved in a New Year's night shooting that left one man dead and several others wounded. The drive-by attack happened at Erwin St. and Babcock Ave. in Valley Glen.

Police say the shooting was gang-related, but the victims were not gang members.

"I have a lot of pain, I miss him so much. I love him. I want to see him every day," said Valentina Munoz, Carlos Munoz's mother.

Munoz was overcome with emotion as she talked about the death of her 28-year-old son. Carlos Munoz was killed on New Year's Day.

Police say Munoz and nine of his friends were standing outside a house on the 6200 block of Babcock Ave. where they had gathered to watch a sporting event.

Just before 11 p.m. an older model black Honda Accord pulled up.

"Two males exited. They were Hispanics. Their faces were partially concealed. They were armed with handguns," said LAPD Capt. Justin Eisenberg.

The suspects opened fire on the group. Five of them suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to hospitals. Munoz did not survive.

"The victims are not gang members. The suspects in this case approached the victims and asked them in typical gang parlance if they were gang members by asking where they were from," said LAPD Lt. Alan Hamilton. "We have no evidence at all that the victims in this case are associated with any gang activity."

Authorities believe the shooters are gang members and chose their victims at random.

Carlos was the father of an infant and a 4-year-old daughter.

Investigators say there are people in the community who have information about the three suspects they're searching for, and they hope the $50,000 reward will encourage them to speak up.

"Please I ask for help," said Valentina Munoz. "I want to know who did this to my son. He was a wonderful son. He was a wonderful father."

If you have information related to the incident, contact the Los Angeles Police Dept. at the anonymous tip line (877) LAPD-24-7.