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News Release

Monday, January 23, 2012

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Los Angeles: LAPD Harbor Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect(s) who shot and killed 21-year-old Ernesto Reyes of Wilmington.

On January 22, 2012 at 9:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Harbor officers responded to a shooting call in the 400 block of East L Street. When they arrived, they discovered Reyes on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds.  LAFD rescue personnel responded and transported Reyes to a local hospital where he late died from his wounds.

Investigators say that Reyes was walking on the side walk, on L Street, when an unknown suspect(s) pulled out a handgun and shot him multiple times.  The suspect(s) left the location after shooting Reyes. There is no suspect description and the investigation is on-going. It is unknown if this shooting is gang related.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Harbor Area Homicide Detectives Julie Scruggs or Mike Villareal at 310-726-7888, or 310-726-7880. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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.