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News Release

Monday, January 26, 2004

Media Relations

Drive By Shooting Claims the Life of One and Wounds Another

"Drive By Shooting Claims the Life of One and Wounds Another"


Los Angeles: On Sunday, January 25, 2004, at about 1:00 a.m., Northeast Area Police Officers responded to a radio call of, "Ambulance ADW, Shots Fired" in the area of the 3800 block of Seneca Avenue. Upon the officers’ arrival, they discovered two victims suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the other victim was transported to a local hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics where he is listed in stable condition.

Witness accounts suggest the two victims were unsuspecting as they walked from their car parked on the street to their residence nearby. The suspect vehicle slowly approached the victims and once adjacent to them, an occupant of the vehicle produced a handgun and fired several shots. Witnesses who observed the incident describe the suspect’s vehicle as a gray or silver pick-up truck and its driver as a male Hispanic who directed a derogatory remark at the victims before the shots were fired.

The motive for the shooting appears to be gang related and the suspect’s identities are unknown at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Northeast Area Homicide Detectives at 213-846-4261. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

This news release was prepared by Public Information Officer Sandra Escalante, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.