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News Release

Friday, July 14, 2006

Media Relations

Elderly Man Killed, Teen Wounded

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police detectives are asking for the public's help in finding anyone who may have seen the shooting of a man and a teenage boy in South Los Angeles the evening of July 13, 2006.

The shooting occurred at 9:30 p.m., in the 2300 block of West 54th Street. Booker Whitlock, 63, and the teen, were standing in front of the location when shots rang out from across the street.

Whitlock was shot in the head and leg. He died at a local hospital. The 15-year-old boy was shot three times in the stomach. He remains hospitalized in critical condition. It is not believed that the victims knew each other.

The suspects were described only as two Black men.

Anyone with information is asked to call 77th Street Homicide Detectives at 213-485-1383. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).