Cops offer reward in Altadena toddler slaying

Cops offer reward in Altadena toddler slaying
4-year-old murdered

Authorities are offering $20,000 for information in the unsolved murder of an Altadena toddler.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Tuesday offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the person responsible for the slayinng of 4-year-old Salvador Esparza III in an Altadena drive-by shooting on July 5.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich offering the reward. The homicide is believed to be gang-related. The little boy was not the intended target.

At around 10:30 p.m. on July 5, the shooting suspect ran up to a house on the 300 block of block of Figueroa Drive. He was last seen running south on Olive Avenue before entering a dark colored vehicle that sped away. A 27-year-old man at the scene was wounded, but survived.

Antonovich encouraged anyone with information to contact Sergeant John O’Brien at (323) 574-0461 or Sergeant Domenick Recchia (323) 574-2851 with the LASD Homicide Bureau.

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