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News Release

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Media Relations

Child Killed While Playing with Guns


Los Angeles: Detectives from 77th Area Homicide are investigating the shooting death of Levonte L. Evans, 9-years old, that occurred on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM, at 9811 South Hobart Avenue, Los Angeles. Evans was with two of his friends, both 11 years of age, at the time of the shooting.

Evans was at his friend's home and was left alone with two other boys. All three boys were playing with several guns they found in the home. Evans was unintentionally shot by one of his friends. Evans was transported to a local hospital where he died several hours later.

Detectives are investigating any culpability by the father of Evan's friend who left the boys alone in his home.

Anyone with information regarding this matter may contact 77th Area Homicide Division at 213-485-1385. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, at 213-485-2504.

This press release was prepared Officer Esther Mya Pe, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.