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LAPD offers reward in burger stand slaying

Los Angeles police announced a $50,000 reward Tuesday for information in the slaying of a 20-year-old man who was shot at point-blank range at a hamburger stand south of downtown.

Demetrius Merriwether was killed May 6 at Jim's Burgers in the Historic South-Central neighborhood. A video released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows the gunman walking into the eatery at 240 W. Adams Boulevard and shooting the victim as he stood at the counter.

The reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the attacker. The suspect is described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, about 6 feet tall, the LAPD said.  He fled in a silver or gray Dodge Charger with chrome rims.

At least 39 homicides have been reported in Historic South-Central since January 2007, according to a database compiled by The Times' Homicide Report.

Detectives have not established a motive in Merriwether's killing, the LAPD said.

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Newton Det. Tommy Thompson at (323) 846-6556. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Video: The killing at Jim's Burgers. Credit: LAPD

-- Robert J. Lopez


Comments () | Archives (9)

oh? i thought crime is down. or did lapd and mayor villar meant his statistics are down...hahaha we keep hiring police officers and where are they? they are doing everything else but real police work. lies lies lies. senseless killings.

Why was the relevant portion of this video "fuzzed out"? I'm sure it's very graphic, but it might have helped a viewer identify the gunman!

Wasn't the victim a gang member...why the reward...Sounds like a retaliatory shooting...Let's save the rewards for righteous tax paying non-criminal victims...

Blury pictures will lead to another arrest of the wrong person.

Hmm. Didn't someone leave a comment below the original posting of this video (days after the incident), offering a reason for why Merriwether was targeted? Did law enforcement ever see that and follow up on it? Do detectives read these comments? I'd expect they do, so perhaps the comment was a no-go.

I wonder why this incident is being elevated by a reward? The Demetrius Merriwether live link in the article above only leads to another posting of the original video, now with just one comment (oddly, dated from the time of the incident - where are the other comments?).

Sometimes the answers are right in front of us but we do not see them, or choose not to.

Re: The Big Picture's comment

Wether or not the victim was a gang member, he was a human being that was murdered in cold blood. Didn't even have time to look at his killer and nobody deserves to get killed in such a way. Maybe the young man made mistakes in his adolescence, but as a person, as human ,he deserves to get his case solved and get closer for the family. You call yourself The Big Picture but it's obvious you're still not getting It!..


Yes, his loved ones deserve to have his cased solved (It doesn't matter to him anymore, he's deceased). However, being a gang member and committing countless serious crimes goes way beyond "a young man made mistakes in his adolescence..." especially if he was gunned down in such a way, he was apparently still making mistakes (committing serious crimes)...

I love the way certain groups of people downplay these crimes as "youthful mistakes," when in fact, they're serious crimes...

I believe that the vast majority of these gangster retaliatory crimes are solved...

I just don't agree with the reward...

Just my opinion..... definitely getting it...

I am really confused now. The city dumps the South-Central designation because of it's connotation of violence. Now we have the "Historic South-Central" district. Which is it, because the violence level appears to be the same.

it might help if the blur was taken off . there it is on video and the cops can't send it to the FBI and get analyzed. No I guess not .


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