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News Release

Monday, April 1, 2002

Media Relations

Shots Fired Police Call Evolves into Homicide Investigation


Los Angeles: On Sunday, March 31, 2002 at approximately 7:09 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Area patrol officers responded to a radio call, "ADW, Shots Fired " on the 1100 block of Vanport Avenue in Lakeview Terrace. Responding LAPD officers were then directed by witnesses to a crime scene in front of that location.

The police investigation revealed that unknown suspects drove by the location in a dark colored van and asked a group of people where they were from. The suspects then fired numerous gunshots into the group, striking two females. The first shooting victim, Dawn Michelle Fick, a 21-year-old resident of Palmdale was struck in the head and transported to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. The second victim, a 15-year-old juvenile from Lancaster was struck in the lower extremities and transported to a local hospital, where she is in stable condition.

The motive is gang related. The suspects and weapon are not in custody.

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking assistance from the community and requesting that witnesses contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Homicide Detectives at 818-834-3115 or 818-834-3102 during daytime hours. Weekends and during off-hours call the 24 hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, (1-877-529-3855).

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jack Richter, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.