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News Release

Thursday, January 22, 2009

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16-Year-Old Killed in Gang Shooting

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police detectives are investigating a gang-related shooting death of a 16-year-old.

On Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at around 3:00 p.m., Foothill Area patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 11000 block of Telfair Avenue.  Upon arrival, the officers discovered the victim deceased as a result of a gunshot wound. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, Javier Garcia of San Fernando, was riding his bicycle northbound on Telfair Avenue approaching Weidner Street when he was shot by a suspect multiple times.  The suspect ran away after the shooting.

The suspect was described as a male Hispanic wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. 

The motive for the shooting appears to be gang related. 

Anyone with information about this case, is asked to contact Foothill Area Homicide Detectives at 
818-834-3115.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at
1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website  Tipsters may remain anonymous.