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News Release

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Man Shot Answering His Front Door NR11058kr

Los Angeles:  A man answering a knock at his front door was shot and killed early Monday morning.

On February 7, at around 5:20 a.m., 51-year-old Charles Gonzales was preparing his breakfast when he heard a knock at the door. When he opened the door he was shot by an unknown suspect.

There was one other person in the apartment at the time of the shooting, but they did not witness the shooting or get a description of the suspect.

Los Angeles City Fire personnel responded to the scene and pronounced Gonzales dead a short time later.

The motive for this shooting is unknown and anyone with information is asked to contact Rampart Area Homicide Detectives, Detective John Motto or Detective Julian Pere at 213-484-3638. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  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.



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