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News Release

Thursday, January 2, 2003

Media Relations

Gun Violence Claims Another Life


Los Angeles: Hollenbeck Area Homicide Unit is investigating a gang related shooting death of Charles Steven Cova, 21 years of age. The shooting occurred in the 2400 block of Altura Street and Eastlake Avenue on January 1, 2003, at approximately 6:25 p.m.

The victim was standing on the northwest corner of Altura Street and Eastlake Avenue when the suspects approached his location in a white small compact vehicle. The right front passenger of the suspects’ vehicle fired several rounds from an unknown type handgun at the victim, striking him in the head. The victim collapsed on the street and the suspects fled westbound Altura Street and continued in an unknown direction.

At this time, no suspects have been identified. The public’s assistance is requested in solving this murder.

If anyone has information concerning this incident, please contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Smith or Juarez at 323-526-3111 during business hours. On weekends and off-hours, please contact the Hollenbeck Area Watch Commander at 213-485-2942.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Adriana N. Sanchez, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.