He was at the corner of Florence and Central Avenues at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2005. A man wearing a hooded top walked up to 45-year-old Wattree and shot him, then fled in a waiting SUV.
Wattree had been a leader in his community. He owned a plumbing company, he was the father of three small children and he was raising a teenaged nephew. By murdering Wattree, his killer wounded five additional lives.
Understandably, many people do not want to get involved in a murder investigation because they are afraid of retaliation. But after 10 years, that should not be a factor for anyone with any information about Norman Wattree's death.
The shooter and the driver almost certainly talked about what they did, so there are people who could help, even with an anonymous phone call.
Detective Phil Guzman can be reached at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Crime Stoppers will also be happy to take any information, especially if the caller wants to be anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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