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Reward in Newhall shooting case

Posted: September 11, 2008 10:09 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the 2007 murder of Bryan Miranda, who was shot dead on a Newhall street last December.

The 18-year-old was not a gang member and had no ties to local gangs, said sheriff's Sgt. Brian Schoonmaker. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, he said.

The investigation has stalled because local gang members aren't cooperating, the sergeant said.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich, whose office announced the reward, and the Miranda family are all calling on the community for help, he said.

Miranda was shot and killed Dec. 2, 2007, in 21400 block of Arch Street.

He was hanging out with a few friends from high school, one of whom was a known gang member, the night of the murder.

Lt. Dave Smith of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's homicide bureau said at the time that a group of young men were standing outside a home when a brown Toyota Camry drove by. Someone inside the vehicle reportedly fired several rounds at the group before the car sped off. Miranda and a friend were hit by bullets.

"Miranda and the gang member were friends from school who had gone their separate ways. The guys were having a reunion of sorts," Schoonmaker said.

A rival gang fired shots from a speeding car at group about 12:30 a.m. Miranda and the gang member were hit. The gang member survived.

Witnesses gave two conflicting descriptions of the car used in the drive-by shooting, Schoonmaker said.
Anyone with information on the shooting can contact the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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