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County supervisors offer $20,000 reward in murder of Lancaster war veteran Nathen Taylor

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The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is offering a $20,000 reward for help in solving the murder of Nathen Taylor, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who was shot dead April 21 while sitting in his car in Lancaster.

Taylor, 30, had just left a party and was by himself when he was approached by a group of men. One of the men shot him several times in the torso at close range, according to reports. He died soon after at a local hospital.

Sheriff’s investigators did not offer a motive, and have been searching for the shooter and his accomplices. But more than a month later no arrests have been made.

According to the L.A. Times, Taylor served three tours of duty as an Army sergeant before returning home to Lancaster. He was studying computer software and engineering at Antelope Valley College and was engaged to be married.

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Police seek killer of war veteran Nathen Taylor, murdered in his hometown of Lancaster

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He survived war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan, only to be shot dead on a street in Lancaster.

Police are still hunting the man who shot and killed U.S. Army Sgt. Nathen Taylor as sat in his car over the weekend. With three tours of duty under his belt, the 30-year-old war veteran had returned to his hometown of Lancaster and reentered civilian life.

According to several reports, Taylor was sitting alone in his car at about 12:10 a.m. Saturday when a group of men approached and one man shot him several times in the torso at close range. He died soon after at a local hospital. The incident occurred on the 700 block of West Avenue H-7, not far from Mariposa Park.

Taylor apparently had just left a party that night because he didn’t want to be around drinking. A motive for the shooting is not known, according to L.A. County Sheriff’s officials.

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Two dead at topless club shootings on Sunday

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Investigators are attempting to determine whether a shooting at Snooky's topless bar on Sunday night was justified, and if the incident was tied to another shooting that evening.

Sheriff's deputies say an unruly patron who was ordered to leave Snooky's returned with a shotgun and was fatally shot by a security guard in the parking lot of the Lancaster club around 11 p.m.

The patron was pronounced dead at the scene, and the guard was detained for questioning. "The security guard had a contact with the patron and assessed an immediate threat," said Lt. Richard Daniels, reports NBC LA.

About 80 miles away in Harbor City, a gunman eluded capture Sunday night after shooting and killing a man in his 20s at the Fantasy Gold strip club.

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