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$50,000 reward offered in slaying of cook in Sherman Oaks

July 23, 2012 | 10:31 pm

Raul Lopez was slain on June 29 in Sherman Oaks, LAPD said.Los Angeles officials will be announcing a $50,000 reward for information in the slaying of a 38-year-old man shot outside a Hoagies & Wings in Sherman Oaks.

Raul Lopez, who worked as a cook at the restaurant, had pushed out a group of men who had become angry while waiting for food before he was shot June 29, police said.

Police said the men had shouted racial slurs at employees, causing other customers to leave and prompting Lopez to take action.

The reward is scheduled to be announced Tuesday at 9 a.m. during a news conference at the slaying scene at 14552 Ventura Blvd.

Councilman Tom LaBonge, who represents the area, and officials with the Los Angeles Police Department and family members are expected to be at the news conference.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Van Nuys homicide detectives at (818) 374-0040. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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Photo: Raul Lopez. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department

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