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News Release

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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Tagger Turned Murder Suspect Sought NR10067kr

Los Angeles:  A 40-year-old Los Angeles man was shot and killed Sunday night after he and a suspected “Tagger” got into an argument that escalated to murder.

On Sunday, February 7, 2010, at around 9:50 p.m., Ronald L. Barron was in the 5000 Block of West Pico Boulevard.  Investigators believe that Barron had confronted the suspect who he believed was a “Tagger.”  The suspect became angry and took out a gun and shot Barron multiple times.  

The confrontation and shooting occurred in front of numerous witnesses, in the middle of a busy Boulevard.  Witnesses described the suspect as calmly walking away after shooting Barron point blank, and then disappearing into a nearby residential area.  

Barron was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The suspect is believed to be a tagger/gang member.  He is described as a Male Hispanic, 20-25 years, dark short hair, approximately 6’00” tall, 180 lbs., thin build.  

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Wilshire Homicide Detectives, Detective Jose Carrillo at 213-473-0446.  During non-business hours, call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may contact Crimestoppers by texting the 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.