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News Release

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Media Relations

15 Year-Old Boy Shot to Death


Los Angeles: Rampart Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a male Hispanic, 15 years of age.

On Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Rampart patrol officers responded to an ambulance assault investigation in the 1000 block of west 17th Street. Upon arrival, officers observed the victim down on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported the victim to USC Medical Center, where he died from his injury.

The investigation revealed that the victim left his residence and walked down the street to visit a friend. According to witnesses, approximately three gunshots were heard. The victim was able to summon help from a neighbor who called police and paramedics. There were no suspects or vehicle seen fleeing the location.

The suspects and the weapon are outstanding. The motive for the shooting is unknown. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the family.

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking assistance from the community, asking witnesses to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives, Pere or Motto at 213-207-2051 during daytime hours. On weekends or after hours, contact the toll free 24-hour number at the Detective Information Desk at, 1-877- LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Renee’ Montoya, Media Relations Section at, 213-485-3586.