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LAPD offers reward in burger stand slaying

July 6, 2010 |  9:22 pm

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