Man killed while walking his dog in Mid-City area

Police are searching for the suspect who murdered a man who was walking his dog in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles. 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the 52-year-old victim was walking his dog around 5:47 a.m. Saturday near the corner of Genesee Avenue and Saturn Street when a dark sedan approached him.

Police say the suspect exited the vehicle, exchanged words with the victim then fired multiple shots at him. 

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The suspect got back into the vehicle and fled northbound on Genesee Avenue. 

Video from a nearby Ring camera shows the victim’s dog running home after his owner was shot. Sources tell FOX 11 that the man walks his dog every morning down that same street.

Family members have identified the victim as 52-year-old Marcos Sandoval.

"He had no enemies, he was a good person," Sandoval’s daughter said.  "Don’t know why they would get out the car and start shooting."

Police say Sandoval's body was discovered around 6:15 a.m. by a passerby who called 911. 

It is unknown if the victim and suspect knew each other. 

The dog was uninjured and returned home on its own, police said. 

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). 

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