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News Release

Friday, March 5, 2010

Media Relations

Two Suspects Sought In Murder of 26-Year-Old Man

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department Olympic Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects who were involved yesterday evening in a shooting in the City of Los Angeles.

At around 5:15 p.m., yesterday evening LAPD Olympic Area officers responded to a radio call in the 900 block of Westmoreland Avenue.  Officers discovered the victim, 26-year-old Sergio Hernandez with a gunshot wound to the head.

According to detectives, Hernandez was using the payphone when the suspect approached and shot him.  The suspect left in an awaiting black sedan driven by a get-away driver.  Both suspects left in an unknown direction and have not yet been identified.

Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics.  First suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 18-22 years of age.  Second suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 18-22 years of age.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Olympic Homicide Detectives George Lee or Ernesto Ignacio at 213-382-9470.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers 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.

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