The LAPD today released a composite drawing of the man suspected of fatally shooting a Silver Lake area restaurant worker, and city officials prepared to offer a $50,000 reward in connection with what police believe is a deadly case of road rage. The mother of shooting victim (pictured above) appeared with detectives and City Councilman Tom LaBonge at the Northeast Division police station this morning to ask for the public’s help in finding the suspects in the August 7 shooting of Juan David Vasquez Loma, who was dropping off co-workers when he fired upon while driving on Silver Lake Boulevard. “I don’t want him to cause any more harm,” said Maria Vasquez Ramirez of the suspect who killed her son.
Detectives said the deadly incident began when Loma, 25-year-old Mexican immigrant who worked at El Chavo restaurant and Garage Pizza, passed a sedan that had come to a stop Micheltorena and Effie streets in Silver Lake. “We believe this is what angered the suspect,” said Dect. Jose Carillo. The driver of the car pursued Loma’s truck down the hill to Silver Lake Boulevard, where the driver of the car pulled up alongside Loma’s truck and opened fire. The suspect, who police believe lives in the area, is described as a male Latino in his 20s or 30s who was driving a dark green Honda Civic with circular brake lights. He was accompanied by a female passenger.
LaBonge said the City Council will be asked to offer a $50,000 reward in connection with the shooting. “This is a thought out act of violence,” he said. Loma, who had been declared brain dead, was taken off life support on Sunday.
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