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News Release

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Media Relations

Teenager Killed in Lincoln Park

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives are asking the public to provide information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect wanted for killing 15-year-old Miguel Machuca.

On August 28, 2010, at around 7:30 p.m., Hollenbeck officers responded to a radio call of shots fired in the Lincoln Park area.  When the officers arrived they found a male victim, later identified as Miguel Machuca, lying on the ground with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

A suspect had pulled out a hand gun, fired several rounds striking Machuca.  A stray bullet hit an 11-year-old girl in the back.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported both Machuca and the 11-year-old girl to a local hospital.  Shortly after, Machuca died from his injuries and the 11-year-old girl was listed in stable condition.

According to detectives investigating the crime, Machuca was at Lincoln Park with a friend when two suspects approached them.  One of the suspects described as a male Hispanic opened fire and shot Machuca.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Chavarria or Rios at 323-342-8957.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.