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News Release

Monday, July 9, 2001

Media Relations

32 Year Old Shot to Death in Rampart Division


Los Angeles - On Saturday, July 7, 2001, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Rampart patrol officers responded to a "Shots Fired" investigation on the 930 block of Tularosa Drive. Upon arrival, officers found the victim down on the driveway step suffering from a gunshot wound. The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation revealed that sometime after midnight, the victim was confronted by an unknown suspect. Witnesses heard gunshots and observed a possible suspect running southbound on Tularosa Drive. Witnesses also observed a brown or silver Toyota driving southbound from the location.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 506, 140 lbs., wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants; the weapon has been described as a large caliber semi-automatic handgun.

The motive for the shooting is unknown. The weapon and suspect(s) are outstanding. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with additional information regarding this crime is urged to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives at 213-207-2051.

This press release was prepared by Officer Hayley Purece, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.