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News Release

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Media Relations

Victim Strikes Back, Shoots Two Robbers, Kills One


Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Area Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting of two men that occurred during a suspected robbery.

On June 22, 2003, at around 4:40 a.m., three suspects, two males and one female, entered the victim’s residence, in the Wilmington Area of Los Angeles and demanded property.

The victim armed himself with a handgun and shot at the suspects.

The two male suspects were hit by the bullets and the female robber escaped unharmed.

29 year-old Gary Rodela of Los Angeles was pronounced dead at a local hospital, and his unidentified 23 year-old male companion was listed in critical condition.

Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the Harbor Area Detectives, at 310-548-2835. On weekends and during off-hours, please call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, (1-877-529-3855).

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jack Richter, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.