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‘We Don’t Know Why Someone Would Just Target Him;’ Mid-City Family Left Reeling After Husband, Father Shot While Walking Dog

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) - A 52-year-old man was shot dead while walking his dog Saturday in the Mid-City community of Los Angeles, authorities said.

The man, identified as Marcos Sandoval, and his dog were walking a little after 5:30 a.m. near the corner of Genesee Avenue and Saturn Street, when a dark-colored sedan approached and stopped at the northwest corner of the intersection, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Sandoval lived just a few blocks from the scene, where surrounding neighbors described the area as a "no-crime" zone.

"We've never had anything like that," noted Shirley Dionzon, who has lived in the area since 1965.

Surveillance footage from one of the homes in the area shows a dark-colored four-door sedan slowly pulling up to the intersection before stopping. The driver exits the vehicle and began to interact with Sandoval, most of which happened out of the range of the camera.

One shot can be heard, before Sandoval's dog is seen running across the street and out of the picture before a second shot rings out. The suspect then got back into the sedan and drove the vehicle northbound on Genesee Avenue.

The victim was discovered nearly 30 minutes after the shooting at about 6:15 a.m. by a passerby, who called 911.

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