LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles City Council approved a $75,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the conviction of whoever fired the shot that killed a 22-month-old boy in the arms of his uncle, who was critically wounded.

Joshua Montes and uncle Josefat Canchola were on a porch facing a backyard in the 1200 block of East 55th Street about 8:30 p.m. Monday when they were shot, police Capt. Mark Olvera said. Both suffered head wounds.

The shots were fired from the east side of Hoover Street, about 40 yards away, police said. Detectives don’t believe the boy and his uncle were targeted.

“These people obviously have no regard for human life,” Perry said, calling for the suspects to turn themselves in. “To kill a baby who was defenseless in the arms of his uncle is something that defies any kind of logic. There’s no explanation. There’s no justification for this.”

Canchola, who is in his 30s, is hospitalized in critical condition, Perry said.

Several bullets went through a vehicle and passed through two fences, hitting the child and his uncle.

Anyone with more information about the shooting was asked to call Olvera at (323) 846-6547, or the department’s anonymous tip line at (888) LAPD-24-7.

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Comments (15)
  1. Villaraigosa is a rat! says:

    I hope that the same amount of $, time, and attention go towards solving this case as did into the Stowe case. LAPD said that extra detectives and large amount of overtime hours went into solving the Giants fan beating.

    Knowing LAPD and Villaraigosa, not as much will be done.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    1. Dan Thomas says:

      As much as I would like to disagree with you I cannot. Part of the reluctance is that we, as minorities, don’t value ourselves as much as others. For example, where there are middle-class minority enclaves you rarely hear of situations like the current issue.
      I don’t have an answer for this problem. Maybe what the ‘community’ needs is to lock itself down or in – if you understand the implication. A good start would be in taking a stand on the current issue of prisons, overcrowding, sentencing and budgets related to same. Otherwise these types of crimes, as terrible as they are, will continue.

    2. Voice of Reason says:

      I totally agree with your comment! Lets hope these idiot celebrity donors give as much money for the solving of this heinous crime just like that did for that white guy. I also hope Beck and Villaraigosa will assemble a task force to catch the killers ASAP! Don’t just reserve special treatment for white victims.

  2. CRYSTAL says:

    Man LAPD can suck a FAT D**k serio.
    YUp i agree with the comment above, i mean seriously good luck with that.
    -Prayers go to the family and the lil baby, God bless them.

    1. Rightful says:

      Crystal, it appears you have smoked plenty of it in your lifetime. What does LAPD have to do with a coward gangster in South LA taking the life of young child? You should be ashamed of yourself.

  3. Pitcher says:

    The death penalty is not enough for criminals who commit these crimes. There are ways to make people prisoners in their own bodies, just read a couple dexter books. Guns should only be used to protect your own life.

    Why pray to someone who takes babies?

    My thoughts go out to the victims family.

  4. Pitcher says:

    To crystal

    What do think would happen to you if there were no law enforcement, especially you being a girl and all? Don’t be stupid.

  5. Dr.Smith says:

    Im 100% sure it was 38 st gang members.

  6. JebBush_BMWLover says:

    More family values from south of the Rio Bravo?

    Tsk, tsk.

    Someone tell George Lopez or Carlos Santana.

  7. amc says:

    It seems like their is gang initiations going on right now in South LA. The worst part is that lapd know exactly who the gangmembers are, where they live, where they hang out and their activities. And yet they choose to harass regular people on the streets instead of going after the gangmembers. Happens every single day in South LA.

  8. JM says:

    Hooray–how the f*** do you know they are welfare you dumb mf. By your racist comment if assuming you are white. Right, Pilgrim?

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