Bill Lewellyn was a news reporter working for KNLB 10 who followed the escalating gang violence in Los Angeles in 1997.
Lewellyn was on the scene when a huge shootout erupted between several Colombian Scorpions and the LAPD after two motorcycle officers were gunned down in the street. As the firefight raged just a few meters away, Lewellyn conducted an interview with enraged local resident Juan Beltran, who's taco stand had been destroyed in the crossfire. However, when stray gunfire just barely missed the two of them, the interview broke off and Lewellyn fled for cover.
Lewellyn is never named in the film; his name is taken from the novelization.