Redondo Beach shooting victim's family speaks out; person of interest sought


A memorial of candles and flowers marks the spot where 38-year-old Bobby Reynolds was gunned down in cold blood Friday.

"They've left a woman without a husband, two kids without their daddy, and a mother and father without a son," said Margaret, the victim's mother-in-law.

Police don't know the motive for the murder but believe Erick Ortega may. The 27-year-old has been identified as a person of interest in the fatal shooting.

Police responded to a report of shots fired around 8 p.m. Friday near Lilienthal and Ralston lanes. Officers found Reynolds lying in front of his mother-in-law's apartment on the 2400 block of Ralston Lane.

"Not even 10 minutes after he left the door here, I heard pop, pop, pop," said Margaret.

Reynolds was transported to Harbor General Hospital in Torrance and later died from his injuries.

"It appears as though (Reynolds) was specifically targeted. This was not a drive-by shooting," said Redondo Beach police Capt. Jeff Hink. "He was completely defenseless when this happened, so it's really a shame for him and his family. Obviously we want to clear this up and get someone in custody as soon as we can. It starts with contacting this person of interest Mr. Ortega."

According to police, witnesses saw the gunman jump into a Chrysler 300 with another man. The car which is owned by Ortega was found a short time later just a few blocks away.

Police said Ortega has a long criminal record including robbery and narcotics offenses and is well-known to law enforcement. Detectives hope the public will be able to help track down the suspected gang member whose head and body are covered in tattoos.

Investigators said there doesn't appear to be any connection between the victim and Ortega.

Reynolds' family say he's not a gang member but a devoted dad to his 8-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter. They say they have no idea who would want to kill him.

"Somebody will come forward and say that they saw somebody," said Margaret. "We hope they get him."

Anyone with information was asked to call the Redondo Beach Police Department tip line at (310) 937-6685.

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