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A man allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend, 35-year-old Karen Ruiz, in front of their 3-year-old daughter. Ruiz's death was reportedly captured on video.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in a press release that officers responded to a residence on the morning of Jan. 6 after receiving reports of a shooting there. They reportedly found Ruiz with "multiple gunshot wounds," and she was declared dead at the scene.
Investigators believe, according to the statement, that her ex-boyfriend Herbert Nixon Flores, 46, used a semi-automatic handgun to fatally shoot Ruiz before fleeing the scene. Flores has yet to be apprehended by authorities.
The statement claimed that Flores shot Ruiz "in the presence of their young child" and shared footage from the residence's Nest camera that captured the shooting. In the video, a screaming Ruiz gets out of her vehicle and runs away from Flores, who had driven up behind her vehicle after allegedly following her. Flores can be seen firing several shots before running back to his car and driving away. Their 3-year-old can be heard crying.
Investigators reportedly said that Flores is an MS-13 gang member and that the FBI is working with the LAPD to find him.
Ruiz had a restraining order against Flores and made several reports against him throughout the years, according to an LAPD detective who spoke with KTLA5. In the months leading up to her death, Flores was allegedly stalking Ruiz and making threats against her.
Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives, Detective Sharon Kim at 818-374-9550 or L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).
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