Family of missing brother in mall shooting addresses media

$1,000 reward offered by SD police

SAN DIEGO - Belvedere family members addressed the media from in front of San Diego Police headquarters Thursday afternoon, the same day the San Diego Police Department issued a call for information into the whereabouts of 24-year-old Gianni Belvedere. Belvedere, who was last seen at approximately 10 p.m. on Dec. 23 in Tierrasanta, is wanted by police in connection with the Christmas Eve shooting of two people in a Mission Valley mall parking lot.

One victim of the shooting, 22-year-old Ilona Flint, managed to call 911 but was pronounced dead on the scene. The second victim, Salvatore Belvedere, also 22, is Gianni Belvedere's brother. Salvatore Belvedere remains in critical condition at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Lt. Mike Hastings of the San Diego Police Department's homicide unit said that it "does not appear that any sort of robbery took place." He added, "as of this juncture, we still do not know a motive as to why this occurred." Hastings pointed out that "forensic science is obviously a big part of this case," and said that police investigators continued to pore over the car found Tuesday in the mall parking lot.

In the Thursday press conference, Antoinette Belvedere pleaded, "If anyone -- anyone -- has any information about Gianni...please contact the San Diego Police Department." Inga Flint-Jones, mother of Ilona Flint, directed her plea to Gianni Belvedere himself saying, "We do need you right now. Please call us."

Gianni Belvedere is described as being 6 feet tall and weighing 165 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Detectives are also looking for his dark green, four-door 2004 Toyota Camry XLE with Utah license plate B15-4VZ.

Anyone with information is asked to call the SDPD Homicide Unit -- Adult Missing Persons Section at (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous email and text messages can also be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com, and a reward of up to $1,000 may be paid through the San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

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