LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for fatally shooting a seven-year-old boy in Mid-City this week.

Talaib Pecante, his mother and a 31-year-old man were struck at approximately 9 p.m. Monday, when multiple shots were into their vehicle during a car-to-car shooting in the 1900 block of South Corning Street.

The boy died Tuesday at Children’s Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery after a bullet became lodged next to his heart. The conditions of the mother and the man remain unknown.

Investigators are seeking four suspects in the case.

“We don’t understand why this happened,” LAPD Detective Gus Villanueva told City News Service.

The reward comes less than 24 hours after Talaib’s friends and family gathered in remembrance at an emotional vigil.

Talaib’s youth football teammates were among those present during the service, where his father grieved the loss of his son.

“Deep inside I’m tore up, but I have to stay strong,” Rich Pecante said.

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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