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Detectives Still on the Hunt for Chauffeur’s Killer

Posted on October 24, 2007 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

PICO RIVERA, Calif. — Stephen Isaac Smith was on his way to the office to drop off his earnings as a chauffeur when he was fatally shot July 3, 2006 in Whittier, Calif.

Shortly after the 2 p.m. shooting in the 5600 block of Rosemead Boulevard, witnesses saw a man in baggy shorts running from the scene. The case remains unsolved. Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in finding the killer.

Smith, 49, lived in Pico Rivera, Calif. and worked for Exquisite Limousine Transportation in Los Angeles. He had fares the night before, said Sgt. Kenneth Clark of the sheriff's Homicide Bureau. Detectives believe the night's take included credit card receipts, which were also taken.

"He was walking to his car to drive to the office to drop the money off," Clark said. He didn't know how much cash Smith was carrying.

"I believe he was confronted by someone and he was shot." Smith was gunned down in the hallway of his apartment complex.

Witnesses saw a man fleeing the scene shortly after the gunshot rang out. The man was spotted climbing a fence and running behind the apartments.

Smith was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County — USC Medical Center, said Capt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. He said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

"We are definitely seeking the public's help," Clark said. "The victim was not a gang member. There is no correlation between the suspect and the victim."

The suspect was described as a Latino wearing a white T-shirt and black cut-off shorts.

Neighbors had said that Smith was a quiet tenant who paid his rent on time. They heard arguing before the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Kenneth Clark at the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

SOURCE: Whittier Daily News

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