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News Release

Sunday, August 23, 2009

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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is asking for the public's help in identifying the person responsible for the shooting death of 22 year-old Samuel Leonard.  
On August 22, 2009, at around 8 p.m., Leonard was leaving a liquor store located in the 1700 block of West Century Boulevard.  As he was getting into his car a male Black suspect confronted Leonard and for no apparent reason, fired multiple gunshots at him. Leonard managed to run away before finally collapsing at a nearby McDonalds Restaurant.  

The suspect was seen getting into a red pick-up truck that drove away northbound on Hobart Boulevard.

Leonard was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Criminal Gang / Homicide Group, 77th Homicide Squad, Detective F. Weber or Y. Mun at 323-485-1383.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.