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News Release

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Media Relations

One Victim in Afternoon Shooting

"One Victim in Afternoon Shooting"


Los Angeles: On Sunday, February 10, 2002 at approximately 12:00 p.m., Roberto Molina, 18 years -old, was standing on the west sidewalk on the 4400 block of Stauton Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) in a dark colored vehicle drove up to the location. A passenger exited the vehicle armed with a semi-automatic riffle. The suspect fired a minimum of eight shots while the victim ran northbound. The suspect(s) were last seen east on Vernon Avenue.

The victim sustained multiple gunshots to the upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The homicide is being investigating as a gang motivated murder.

The shooting occurred across the street from the rear entrance of the Alameda Swap Meet. Numerous people were in the area at the time of the incident. The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking help from any witness to the incident and request that you contact: Newton Homicide Detectives at 323 846-6556 during business hours. On weekends and during off -hours, call the 24-hour toll free number of the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL, 877- 529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Officer Grace Brady, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.