L.A. Now Live: Chat about church graffiti shooting
Times Metro reporter Jessica Garrison will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the slaying of a Los Angeles churchgoer who was shot when he tried to stop a tagger from defacing his church.
Andres Ordonez was shot about 6:20 p.m. Sunday during the evening service at Iglesia Principe de Paz on Beverly Boulevard in the Westlake neighborhood just west of downtown. City officials say they are outraged and plan to ask the City Council on Tuesday to approve a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Ordonez's killer.
LAPD detectives are searching for the gunman and tagger but believe some witnesses are afraid to come forward out in fear of gang reprisals.
"They were going to church. They didn't do anything to deserve what happened," LAPD homicide Det. Jeff Cortina said. "We need the public's assistance. This wasn't gangster-on-gangster. It could be anybody. It could be anybody's kids."