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News Release

Monday, December 18, 2006

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Gang Related Shooting

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police detectives are asking for the public's help in finding any witnesses who may have seen the shooting of man in South Los Angeles on Monday morning.

On December 18, 2006, at approximately 10:35 A.M., Deontye Burks, 23, was standing in front of the apartment building in the 8000 block of Vermont Avenue, when a man walked up to him. The man pulled out a gun and fired three to four rounds striking Mr. Burks in the chest. The man then ran away from the scene.

Mr. Burks was taken to a local hospital where he later died. The suspect is described as a male Black, about 23-years-old, wearing a blue beanie and a blue Dodger jacket. The motive for the shooting is gang related.

Anyone with information is asked to call 77th Street Homicide Detectives Luis Romero or Shannon Geaney at 213-485-1383. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).