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News Release

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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22-Year-Old Man Fatally Shot NR11046df

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday evening.

On January 31, 2011, at about 8:30 p.m., 22 year-old Ernesto Villagomez was walking at the Northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Normandie Avenue when an unknown suspect(s) walked up to the victim and shot him.  The suspect(s) then fled in an unknown direction.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The motive for the shooting is believed to be gang-related. The suspect(s) are unknown and the weapon used has not been recovered.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Hollywood Homicide Detectives R. Rodriguez or S. Brandstetter at 213-972-2910. During non-business hours or on weekends,calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may alsocontact Crimestoppers by texting to phone 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.