In a room filled with cameras, Armando Escandor Jr. took a deep breath and spoke on to his mom’s killer.

“Why did you must go too far?” the 21-yr-previous requested Tuesday, greater than a month after somebody whose id stays unknown fatally shot his mom throughout a theft try at an Alhambra lodge. “As far as to remove a tremendous lady from this world and from the lives of my household.”

Escandor Jr. delivered a coronary heart-wrenching plea for the general public’s assist as authorities introduced a $20,000 reward for info that may result in the arrest and prosecution of the gunman.

Xiuxia “Michelle” Chen was fatally shot final month throughout a theft try on the Ambassador Inn lodge, the place she labored for six years.

“My mom didn’t deserve this, not one bit,” Escandor Jr. stated. “So with the ability to know that this man, or the individual liable for this heinous crime was delivered to justice, it will undoubtedly take a weight off my coronary heart.”

Investigators on Tuesday launched surveillance footage that confirmed the masked gunman holding Chen at gunpoint earlier than the capturing after which fleeing on foot.

Round eleven p.m. June 2, Chen, a supervisor on the lodge, was near wrapping up her shift when the gunman, sporting a black hoodie and a single glove, stormed into the foyer, his face masked by a cap. He pointed a handgun at Chen and demanded she fill a black bag with cash.

Inside forty five seconds, he fired a minimum of one shot and bolted from the constructing, his bag empty, police stated.

The property proprietor referred to as the police after discovering Chen bleeding from a gunshot wound. Chen, a mom of two, was pronounced lifeless on the scene at eleven:34 p.m., in line with coroner’s data.

“This was, in our perception, a random act,” stated Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Det. Gary Sloan.

Authorities additionally sought the general public’s assist figuring out a lady, believed to be a lodge visitor, caught on surveillance video leaving the lodge foyer simply seconds earlier than the gunman entered.

The video exhibits her stopping and turning round as if she heard a gunshot or thought one thing nefarious was going to occur, authorities stated.

Sloan stated that investigators don’t consider the lady had something to do with the crime however that they want anybody who may acknowledge her to contact them, as they’re “desperately” desirous about speaking to her.

Anybody with details about the capturing is requested to name murder detectives at (323) 890-5500.

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