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News Release

Monday, December 18, 2006

Media Relations

Man Shot and Killed While Walking on Sidewalk

Los Angeles: Police are asking for the public's help in capturing a gunman who shot and killed 21-year-old Mario Rodriguez, a resident of Sylmar.

On December 15, 2006, around 11:35 P.M., Rodriguez, a non-gang member, was walking on the sidewalk with two friends in the 13100 block of Reedley Street. Rodriguez and his friends were confronted for unknown reason by three male Hispanic gang members. One of the suspects yelled out an unknown gang name, pulled out a rifle and shot the victim. The suspects then ran off.

Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspects and weapon are still outstanding. The shooter is described as a 17 to 19-year-old male Hispanic, 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Foothill Homicide Detectives Jose Martinez or Margaret Brownell at 818-834-3115. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855). Callers may remain anonymous.