Reality TV director killed in home invasion

James Marcus Howe, who IMDB says worked as an assistant director on America’s Next Top Model, American Ninja Warrior, Cake Boss, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila, and other shows, was shot and killed during a home invasion last Wednesday in an apparently random act. His wife was shot but survived; they have a 6-year-old son who was not injured.

The Los Angeles Times reported that “he and his wife answered the door for what they thought was a lone salesman” and “another man and a woman forced their way inside,” and “an ensuing altercation quickly escalated, one of the men pulled out a handgun.”

LAPD Deputy Chief Jose Perez told the paper that “The victims were completely innocent. There is nothing to connect them with the assailants.”

KTLA reports that the suspects are “a black male between the ages of 16 and 22″; “a black man between the ages of 20 and 25,” who was the shooter”; and “a black woman”; “detectives were also searching for an early 2000 model Ford Mustang, dark in color, that was believed to have been used in the crime.”

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