The City of Los Angeles is offering a $75,000 reward for information regarding the tragic deaths of 20-year-old Los Angeles resident Harrison Kristol and 22-year old Laroyice McFarland, who perished in a shooting incident the Baldwin Hills area on Monday, August 6. (Kristol grew up in Fremont Place, and his parents currently live in the Wilshire Park neighborhood.)
According to various news reports (see links below), Kristol and a friend were driving near the 5000 block of West Rodeo Road, near the intersection of Rodeo and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., around 8:30 p.m., when another car pulled up and its occupants fired into Kristol’s vehicle. Kristol lost control of his car and hit McFarland, who witnesses said was crossing the street on a skateboard. Both Kristol and McFarland succumbed to their injuries. Fleeing the scene, the suspects’ car also hit a bicyclist near Exposition and Farmdale. The cyclist sustained several cracked ribs and a punctured lung, but is expected to recover. Kristol’s passenger, an 18-year-old woman, who was helped from the car after it crashed, sustained minor injuries.
Police were reportedly nearby at the time of the shooting, heard the gunshots, and pursued the suspect car, a dark gray Kia sedan. But they lost track of the vehicle near Farmdale and Vineyard Avenues.
LAPD urges anyone with any additional information about the incident to call South Bureau Homicide Detectives, at 323-786-5100. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips,” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu, to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.
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