Family members, homicide detectives and a Los Angeles County supervisor distributed flyers in South L.A. on Saturday in an effort to elicit information about the unsolved killing of a man who was shot in broad daylight.
The fatal shooting of Jason Kennedy, 32, occurred at the busy intersection of 108th Street and Western Avenue in the early evening hours of July 31, 2013.
“There is not enough evidence to suggest that Jason was the target of the attack, and the possibility exists that he was the victim of mistaken identity or innocently struck during the hail of gunfire,” the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “Despite the presence of a number of citizens at the scene at the time of the shooting, very little information has been obtained to help with the investigation.
“It is unknown if this because of the ‘blitz’ nature of the attack or fear of becoming involved by those persons present,” the statement said.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has approved a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing.
On Saturday, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was among those who handed out flyers in the area where Kennedy was gunned down.
“This is an effort on the part of the community to work with law enforcement,” Ridley-Thomas said. Tipsters “will be safe, they will be anonymous, they will be protected, to bring forth information to help us solve this particular murder,” he said.
Anyone with information was urged to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.