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LA City Council: $50,000 reward for information in church graffiti vandal shooting

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The Los Angeles City Council is offering up to $50,000 to help catch whomever gunned down a man during a confrontation with a graffiti vandal at a downtown church.

The council on Tuesday unanimously approved the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Councilman Eric Garcetti said a gunman shot and killed 25-year-old Andres Ordonez and wounded another man on Sunday evening as they and a third man tried to stop a woman who was spraying graffiti on a wall at the Prince of Peace church.

Ordonez was a church deacon and father of a 1-year-old boy.

Residents of the neighborhood told the Los Angeles Times that gang members recently had threatened violence against those who complained about or painted over graffiti. The newspaper added that LAPD investigators believe witnesses are too scared of gang retaliation to come forward with information.

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