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News Release

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Media Relations

Motorist Shot and Killed on the Freeway NR11262bb

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Criminal Gang Homicide Division detectives asking for the public’s assistance in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect (s) who shot and killed a motorist on the 110 freeway.

On Thursday, June 9, 2011, at around 2:30 a.m. the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a 9-1-1 emergency call from a motorist who was on the southbound 110 freeway at the transition to the eastbound 91 freeway. The CHP responded to the area and found a Black male, later identified as 55-year-old Ivan Spencer, a resident of Los Angeles, inside a champagne-colored Toyota Prius, suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.  LAFD paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

At this time, detectives have little information and are seeking the public’s assistance regarding the incident that occurred in the area of the freeway or possibly on the on-ramp near Vermont Avenue and Redondo Beach Boulevard.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Sal LaBarbera, Criminal Gang Homicide Division, 213-485-4341. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.