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News Release

Monday, April 28, 2008

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Man Killed in Hollywood Amid Gang Violence

Los Angeles: A 21-year-old man walking home with food in his hand was shot to death last night in Hollywood.

At around 11:20 p.m., police were called to investigate a shooting in the area of Melrose Avenue and Hobart Boulevard. When they got there, they found the lifeless body of Oscar Antonio Escobar, a resident of Hollywood, lying in the street, suffering from a bullet wound.

Paramedics rushed the victim to the University of Southern California Hospital where he died an hour later.

According to investigators, Escobar was on his way home from picking up food for his family at a local restaurant when two men confronted and opened fire on him. Both suspects drove off in a dark colored unknown type vehicle.

The suspects are only described as Hispanic gang members in their early to mid twenties.

Detectives said Escobar was not a gang member and are unclear what prompt the shooting.

Escobar was married with three children.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact Hollywood Homicide Detectives Rolando Rodriguez or Larry Cameron at 213-972-2910/2913. During off-hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).