A senseless violent crime in Los Angeles has left the country stunned. Rene Balbuena, 41, and his 15 year-old son thought they were responding to a Craigslist ad for a cell phone Saturday night. According to the LAPD, the father knocked on a door thinking they were meeting a man who would sell them a phone, According to the report, the person behind the door told them to go away. The pair were then approached in their car by two men who demanded money. When Balbuena stepped out of the car, one of the men opened fire and shot Balbuena three times in the torso before fleeing the scene. This horrific scene unfolded in front of his teenage son. Sadly, he was declared dead at the hospital later the same night.
A neighbor told local media that she heard gunshots and ran outside to help, immediately calling 911. Balbuena’s son, who had suffered a graze wound, cried, “Please lady, tell me my daddy is going to be alright.”
LAPD Officer Drake Madison said the ad appeared to be “a setup for a robbery.” Unfortunately, no arrests have been made and the shooters are still at large. This horrific crime came on the heels of the Los Angeles Police Department’s announcement there had not been a homicide in ten days, the longest “no-murder milestone” in three years.
Watch a report from NBC4 LA in the video below: