Family watches in horror as LA man SHOT DEAD in brawl at engagement party, killer still at large

The suspect, a male in his 40s, is described by police as having fled the scene and remains on the loose

Family watches in horror as LA man SHOT DEAD in brawl at engagement party, killer still at large
Edgar Rodriguez was fatally shot in front of his family at an engagement party (Credits: Youtube/FOX 11 Los Angeles)
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NORTHRIDGE, CALIFORNIA: Edgar Rodriguez, a father from Anaheim, was shot and killed when he and his family were present at an engagement party in a Los Angeles suburb, police reported. The assault, which originated with a conflict between two males and escalated into violence, is believed to have happened on Sunday, September 4, at around 11:15 pm.

Hundreds of people attended the engagement party at a large dining hall in Northridge and included the 29-year-old Rodriguez, his mother, wife, and two young children, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Following an argument that started inside the venue, Rodriguez was shot outside the banquet venue on Parthenia Street, according to LAPD, as reported by CBS.

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Rodriquez was allegedly shot numerous times in the upper torso by a suspect who opened fire with a shotgun. Rodriquez, who was recognized by family members at the engagement party, died shortly after at the venue. When the LAPD learned that a man had been shot in the parking lot, they dispatched officers to the scene instantly. A second man was hurt and received on-the-spot first help.

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The suspect, a male in his 40s, is described by police as having fled the scene and remains on the loose. Police have not yet released a name or description of the perpetrator, despite witnesses telling detectives who he was. 

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On Monday, September 5, police issued a public appeal for assistance in locating the suspect. The Valley Bureau's homicide detectives are asking anyone with information on the incident to call them at 818-374-95550. Call 1-877-527-3247 on the weekends or after hours. Callers can remain anonymous by dialing 1-800-222-8477, or they can submit their information online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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There was an increase in gun violence countrywide over the Labor Day weekend. From September 2 to 4, 323 shootings were reported countrywide, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. Chicago in particular saw a wave of shootings; according to CBS, nine people were killed and close to 50 others were injured in the city over the holiday weekend shootings. Approximately 14% of the nation's weekend total came from Chicago.

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Information from the HCUPnet of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project show that 321 individuals are shot in the United States per day. 111 of them result in death. By excluding suicide, 13,943 gun violence fatalities have occurred thus far in 2022, according to Gun Violence Archive. Injuries from gun violence this year total more than 27,000 people.

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