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News Release

Sunday, December 16, 2012

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Los Angeles:  On December 15, 2012, around 7:20 p.m., LAPD West Valley Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a shooting in progress in the 4500 block of Vanalden Avenue. When the officers arrived, they learned that two victims had been shot and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.  The first victim, a 51-year old female failed to respond to treatment and died. The second victim, a 49-year old man, remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

The investigation has revealed that the suspect, 59-year old Hrant Meguerian is the female victim’s ex-husband, and was involved in an argument with the male victim when Meguerian produced a gun and shot both victims. Meguerian remained at the scene and was taken into custody by responding officers.

Meguerian has been booked in connection with murder and attempted murder. His bail is set at one million dollars.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Valley Homicide Unit at 818-374-7720. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.