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Photographer shot dead in ambush while hiking in Los Angeles park

A 29-year-old photographer was shot in an ambush while hiking in a Los Angeles park. Sadly, the man succumbed to his injuries and died, and his family are now asking for help in locating the shooter.

In September, a body was found at Ernest E. Debs Park in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. A family member identified the victim as 29 years old. Jason Cortez. This young photographer had also just gotten married and had just celebrated his birthday the month before the tragedy.

According to Jason’s family, he was a resident of Virginia who traveled to LA to take pictures for his friend’s project. That’s what he was doing at the park when someone opened fire and shot him. Police say the shooter fired a rifle while hiding in bushes approximately 75 to 100 feet behind Jason. When police and ambulance arrived they attempted to resuscitate the photographer, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness contacted the LAPD with a description of a suspect. Authorities used the description to create a composite sketch. The suspected shooter was described as a 5’10” to 5’11” Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, wearing a blue hoodie.

The shooting is believed to be “random”, according to the current status of the investigation. Jason’s family have spoken to the public, asking for help in locating the person responsible for his death.

There’s a $50,000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest. If you have any information, be sure to contact Detective Abundis at (213) 486-8700 or send anonymous tips via the LA Crime Stoppers website. You can also support Jason’s family and his widow, Corina, through a GoFundMe countryside.

[via PetaPixel]