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News Release

Saturday, February 8, 2003

Media Relations

Four Family Members Shot; One Innocent Child Dies


Los Angeles: On Saturday, February 8, 2003, at 12:30 a.m., victims Ishmail Durden, a male Black, 8 years of age, a female Black, 2 years of age, a male Black, 13 years of age and a male Black, 55 years of age, all family members, were seated in the living room of their residence located in the 900 block of West 60th Street watching television. An unknown number of suspects approached the residence on foot and began firing numerous rounds into the house through the window and walls. All four victims sustained gunshot wounds. The Los Angeles City Fire Department transported Ishmail Durden to Martin Luther King Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. The other three victims were transported to local hospitals and are listed in critical condition.

The motive is unknown at this time and the suspect(s) and weapon(s) are not in custody.

Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the 77th Street Area Homicide Detectives, at 213-485-1383. On weekends and during off-hours, the 24-hour toll free number to call is, 1-877-LAWFULL. (1-877-529-3855)

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Renee’ Montoya, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.