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News Release

Sunday, February 10, 2008

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Man Shot to Death

Los Angeles: A man was fatally shot on Sunday afternoon in the Pico-Union District of Los Angeles.

On February 10, 2008 at about 1:30 PM, Officers responded to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon call investigation at the 400 block of South Union Drive.

Upon arrival, officers observed Pedro Morales, 23, of Los Angeles, down on the street suffering from a gunshot wound. Morales was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The investigation reveals Morales was standing in front of 433 South Union Drive when the suspect exited a car and confronted Morales. A verbal altercation ensued at which time Morales started running away from the suspect. The suspect pursued him on foot and removed a handgun and fired several times at Morales striking him. The suspect entered an awaiting vehicle and drove off south bound towards 6th Street.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 lbs., and is 20/25 years of age. He was wearing a white T-shirt, black pants, and short hair. The vehicle was described as a white, 4-door.

The driver was described, as a male, Hispanic, 25 years of age.

The motive for the shooting is believed to be gang related.

The suspects are unknown. The weapon used is outstanding.

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking assistance from the community, asking witnesses to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives J. Pere or G. Lee at 213-207-2060 during daytime hours or Detective Information Desk on weekends or off hours at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).



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