LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A $50,000 reward was offered Tuesday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder of a 7-year-old boy.

Taalib Pecantte, his mother and a 31-year-old man were shot in the 1900 block of South Corning Street at approximately 9 p.m. on Dec. 2.

“Four male Black suspects wearing black hoodie jackets ambushed them and fired multiple gunshots into the vehicle,” Los Angeles police said.

Pecantte died the next day at Children’s Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery after a bullet became lodged next to his heart.

Investigators do not believe the three victims were targeted and suspect the shootings were related to a gang turf war.

“These individuals who murdered my son, I want justice to prevail and these individuals to be captured,” the child’s father said.

“Just to see my baby lying there like that, nobody should have to see that. He fought for his life for a whole day,” Taalib’s mother, Sawan Berlin Mock, said.

City leaders were working to raise an additional $25,000 in reward money, CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom reported.

Anyone with more information about the shooting is urged to call the LAPD’s 24-hour toll-free number, (877)LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at (800)222-TIPS.


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