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News Release

Monday, July 23, 2001

Media Relations

Liquor Store Shooting in 77th Street Area

"Liquor Store Shooting in 77th Street Area"

 

Los Angeles: On Sunday, July 22, 2001, at approximately 11:40 p.m., victim #1, a female Korean, 13 years old was behind the cash register of her father’s liquor store, located at 2301 West 54th Street. Victim #2 entered the location to make a purchase. Suspects #1 and #2, described only as two male Blacks, 20 to 25 years old, were already in the store and had purchased a bottle of beer. One of the suspects dropped the bottle of beer causing it to break. The suspects engaged in an argument with a witness regarding the broken bottle of beer be replaced for a new one. Victim #2 was standing behind the two suspects during this argument. The witness agreed to replace the broken bottle. The two suspects and victim #2 began to exit the store.

Upon reaching the doorway, an argument between the suspects’ and victim #2 occurred. Without provocation, suspect #1 armed himself with an unknown type handgun and began shooting. One of the rounds struck victim #1 in the shoulder and another round struck victim #2 in the upper torso.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue personnel responded and transported both victims to a local hospital. Both victims remain in stable condition.

The suspect(s) and the weapon remain outstanding.

77th Street Detectives are handling the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Detectives Byrne or Lopez at 213-473-4861 or the 77th Street Watch Commander at 213-485-2389.

This press release was prepared by Officer La Donna Cissell, Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.