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Monday, December 22, 2014

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LAPD Investigators Looking for Suspects Responsible for Homicide NR14477sm

Mid-City Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for a shooting that left one man dead and a second seriously injured.

On Thursday, December 18, 2014, around 11:15 p.m., Olympic patrol officers responded to several calls of shots fired in the 1600 block of South Van Ness Avenue.  When the officers arrived they saw one victim down on the sidewalk.  The preliminary investigation revealed the two victims were standing in front of an apartment complex when two men approached southbound on foot. 

The suspects fired numerous shots striking both victims.  Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced one of the victims dead at scene. The second victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated.

Names of victims are being withheld pending notification to next of kin.

The suspects were described only as two male Blacks wearing black hoodies. Both suspects were last seen northbound from the location on foot. The circumstances and the motive for this homicide are unknown at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide investigators at 213- 382-9470.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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