LOS ANGELES (KCAL/KCBS) – Texas police have arrested a man suspected of randomly shooting a man walking his dog in Los Angeles and leaving him to die on the street.
A single red rose marks the spot where the life of 52-year-old Marcos Sandoval came to a needless and violent end. The March 12 shooting, which investigators believe was random and unprovoked, was filmed in his Mid-City Los Angeles neighborhood.
Surveillance footage shows a vehicle pull up next to Sandoval before some screams are heard, followed by gunfire.
The accused shooter, who got away in a Ford Fusion, was arrested in San Marcos, Texas on Wednesday with the help of the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force. Detectives have filed a murder complaint against Cliffton Kamal Styles, 21.
Authorities say Styles road tripped through the county before arriving in Los Angeles and allegedly killed Sandoval. Then he went to San Diego and then came back to Texas.
Although Styles may be in custody, Sandoval’s family are left with many questions, mostly trying to answer why their beloved patriarch was killed.
“He always put me and my sister first, before everyone else,” one of Sandoval’s daughters said at a vigil shortly after the shooting.
Police did not determine the motivation for the crime, but said Styles may have suffered from mental illness.
Raymond walks his dog in the same neighborhood where Sandoval was killed. He says he has been shaken by his safety ever since.
“It’s kind of scary that something so close and cold-blooded happened,” he said. “I’m just amazed by that. I mean, the reasoning behind it, as to why he would drive all the way here to make some kind of crazy mess like that.
Police believe Styles may have been involved in other acts of predatory violence during his long journey. They ask anyone who knows anything about other crimes Styles may have committed to contact them.
Styles awaits extradition to Los Angeles.
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