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Saturday, April 6, 2002

Media Relations

Possible Gang Related Shooting Leaves One Dead

"Possible Gang Related Shooting Leaves One Dead"

 

Los Angeles: On Friday, April 5, 2002, at 10:20 p.m., Aaron Alejandro Flores and two friends were walking in the 24000 block of Saticoy Street in Winnetka. A vehicle containing three male occupants stopped in the street next to them and the three males asked Flores and his friends if they were in a gang. They replied that they were not and continued walking. They walked to the alley at the rear of an apartment complex at 20421 Saticoy Street, at which time they noticed that the same vehicle was now following them. The vehicle pulled along side of the three and all three occupants of the vehicle began shooting with handguns. Flores was struck several times in the torso and died at the scene. One of his friends was struck in the arm but the both were able to escape. The one friend was treated and released.

On Friday, April 5, 2002, at 10:20 p.m., Aaron Alejandro Flores and two friends were walking in the 24000 block of Saticoy Street in Winnetka. A vehicle containing three male occupants stopped in the street next to them and the three males asked Flores and his friends if they were in a gang. They replied that they were not and continued walking. They walked to the alley at the rear of an apartment complex at 20421 Saticoy Street, at which time they noticed that the same vehicle was now following them. The vehicle pulled along side of the three and all three occupants of the vehicle began shooting with handguns. Flores was struck several times in the torso and died at the scene. One of his friends was struck in the arm but the both were able to escape. The one friend was treated and released.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a 1980's model red or blue colored Jeep with a white top. It has a spare tire with a white rim mounted on the rear. The suspects are described as three male Hispanics in their late teens or early 20's.

Victim Flores resided in Winnetka, was unemployed, and it has not been determined if he belonged to a gang.

The shooting may be related to the murder of 15 year old Brandon Garmendez, who was shot and killed on the night of Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 19950 Roscoe Boulevard in Winnetka.

The investigation is being conducted by West Valley Homicide Detectives who can be reached at 818-345-2210. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Officer Don Cox, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.



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