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Reality TV Director Fatally Shot During Home-Invasion

James Howe, a 42-year-old reality TV director who worked on shows such as “America’s Next Top Model” and “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker,” was shot and killed during a home-invasion at his Glassell Park home on Nov. 27.

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The Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday released two surveillance stills of the dark green Ford Mustang they have said they are looking for in connection with the shooting death of reality television director James Howe.

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Los Angeles police said they are searching for this Ford Mustang in connection with death of James Howe. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

Howe, 42, was shot and killed in his Glassell Park home on Nov. 27, according to authorities. His wife was wounded in the attack.

The release of the photos comes one day after city leaders offered a $75,000 reward for the information leading to an arrest in the case.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact LAPD Northeast Division homicide detectives at (323) 344-5731.

Anonymous tips can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS).

Los Angeles city leaders offered a $75,000 reward on Monday in connection with the fatal home-invasion shooting death of reality television director James Marcus Howe.

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James Marcus Howe was shot and killed in a Glassell Park home on Nov. 27, 2013. (Credit: KTLA/family photo)

Authorities are hoping that the reward, which was formally announced during an afternoon press conference by City Councilman Jose Huizar and the Los Angeles Police Department, will encourage anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in the case to come forward.

Howe, 42, was shot and killed on the morning of Nov. 27 after two people forced their way into his Glassell Park home, according to a news release from the LAPD.

His wife, who was wounded during the attack, was treated at a local hospital, the release said.

Howe’s reality TV show credits included “America’s Next Top Model,” “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker” and “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila,” according to his IMDb page.

Police have said they are searching for two men in their late teens or early 20s and a woman. They are believed to be driving a dark-colored, early 2000 model Ford Mustang.

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Surveillance camera photo of attacker’s vehicle. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

Councilman Huizar introduced the motion for the reward on Friday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact LAPD Northeast Division homicide detectives at (323) 344-5731.

Those who want to remain anonymous can report tips to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS).

Los Angeles leaders planned to offer a $75,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of a reality TV director.

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James Marcus Howe was shot and killed in a Glassell Park home on Nov. 27, 2013. (Credit: KTLA/DMV)

City Councilman Jose Huizar introduced the motion Friday to encourage leads in the death of James Marcus Howe.

Howe, 42, was shot and killed during a home invasion in Glassell Park on Nov. 27, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The incident happened when Howe and his wife answered the door of their home after hearing a knock from what they thought was a salesman, according to a news release from the LAPD.

Three people—two men and one woman— then forced their way inside the house in the 4400 block of West Avenue 42, police said.

During a struggle, Howe was shot and killed and his wife was seriously injured.

Howe was later identified as a reality TV director who worked on “America’s Next Top Model” and “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.”

Police were looking for two men in their late teens or early 20s and a woman. They were driving a dark-colored 2000 Ford Mustang.

The LAPD and Councilman Huizar planned to hold a news conference Monday at police headquarters to announce the $75,000 reward.

Police urged anyone with information to call LAPD Northeast Division homicide detectives at (323) 344-5731.

Homicide detectives continued to search on Friday for whoever opened fire on two people in a Glassell Park home last week, killing one victim and wounding the other.

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James Marcus Howe was shot and killed in a Glassell Park home on Nov. 27, 2013. (Credit: KTLA/DMV)

James Marcus Howe, 42, answered the door after hearing a knock from what was believed to be a solicitor on the morning of Nov. 27, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release.

As Howe and a woman who was also in the home approached the door, two people forced their way in, according to the release.

During a struggle with the victims, one of the intruders fired a gun, killing Howe and wounding the woman, police said.

Howe was identified by the Los Angeles Times as a reality TV director who worked on “America’s Next Top Model” and “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.”

The woman, identified by the Times as Howe’s wife, was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The person allegedly posing as a solicitor was described as a black male between the ages of 16 and 22.

The second person, believed to be the shooter, was described as a black man between the ages of 20 and 25.

The third person allegedly involved was described by authorities as a black woman.

Homicide detectives were also searching for an early 2000 model Ford Mustang, dark in color, that was believed to have been used in the crime.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Northeast Homicide Detectives at 323-344-5731.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS).

Police were searching for whoever shot two people, one in the head, in Glassell Park Wednesday morning, authorities said.

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Two people were shot in Glassell Park on Wednesday. (Credit: KTLA)

The shooting took place in the 2900 block of Sagamore Way, near the Glendale Freeway, at about 10:50 a.m., according to Richard French of the Los Angeles Police Department.

One of the victims was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

There was no information immediately available about the second victim.

Police had not yet attained a description of the shooter, French said.

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

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