Reward offered in Leimert Park drive-by shooting murder


A reward has been offered in the August 3 murder of the teen. The shooting took place on the 4400 block of Crenshaw Boulevard in Leimert Park.

Bijan Shoushtari was killed in August. Shoushtari was a captain on his Hamilton High School football team with aspirations to one day become a firefighter.

Police say he was a front-seat passenger in a car when another car only described as a mid-size gray or silver vehicle apparently with several men inside pulled alongside them and someone inside started shooting, killing Shoushtari. The shooting happened near Crenshaw Boulevard and Vernon Avenue in Leimert Park.

"This shooting occurred during the time of several shootings in the area between two rival gangs. We think this shooting may have been a mistaken identity and Bijan was killed, thinking that he was not from that particular area," said LAPD Detective Sal LaBarbera.

Police have no suspects and no leads. The city is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer or killers.

Detectives released a composite sketch.

"And that composite is not a suspect but it's somebody we know was in the area at the time," said LaBarbera.

Anyone with information related to the case should call Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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