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News Release

Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Media Relations

Juvenile Subject Arrested for Murder

Los Angeles - On Tuesday morning, July 11, 2000, at approximately 12:25 a.m., victim, Mario Naranjo, 35 years old, was standing on the sidewalk in front of his residence, which is located at 804 West 53rd Street, Los Angeles. Naranjo engaged in an argument with suspect(s) who were searching throughout the bed of Naranjo's pick up truck. Suspect(s) armed with an unknown type of semi-auto pistol fired several rounds at Naranjo. Naranjo sustained a single gunshot wound to his torso and was transported by family members to Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital for medical treatment. Naranjo failed to respond to medical treatment and succumbed to his injuries at 1:20 p.m. at the hospital. 77th Street Division Officers responded to the location and took a 17 years old juvenile into custody. He was arrested and booked at 77th Street Division for 602 W.I.C. 187 P.C. (Murder).

Motive for this incident has not been established.

Subject in custody and weapon remains outstanding.

77th Street Homicide Detectives are conducting the investigation. Anyone with information concerning this incident is requested to call 77th Street Homicide Detectives at 213-485-1383 or 77th Street Watch Commander at

Prepared by Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.