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Saturday, May 23, 2009

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18-Year-Old Killed in Gang-Related Shooting NR09250jl

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police detectives are investigating a gang drive-by shooting that claimed the life of 18-year-old Christopher Herrera and wounded another.

On Saturday, May 23, 2009, at around 2:50 a.m., Christopher Herrera and his friend, a 16-year-old girl, were walking in the 700 block of South Normandie Avenue in Koreatown when they were approached by an unknown vehicle.  Multiple shots were fired at them, striking both of them.  The suspects were only described as male Hispanics who drove away after the shooting.  

Herrera died from his injuries and his friend underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

The motive for the shooting is gang-related.  

Anyone with information is urged to call Olympic Homicide Detectives Herman Frettlohr or George Lee at 213-382-9470.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website  All tips will remain anonymous.