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News Release

Monday, November 20, 2006

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15-Year-Old Killed in Drive-By Shooting

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting, which claimed the life of a 15-year-old.

On November 16, 2006, at about 9:15 P.M., witnesses flagged down patrol officers to report a shooting victim down in front of 7230 Lankershim Boulevard. The officers went to the location and found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Despite medical treatment by paramedics, the victim died at the scene.

Detectives' investigation revealed that the victim was walking northbound on Lankershim Boulevard when a car, which was also northbound, drove by. The occupants fired numerous shots at the victim. The victim fell to the sidewalk as the car drove off.

The victim has been identified as Francisco Garinca, 15, of North Hollywood.

Witnesses described the gunmen as 3-4 Hispanics in a green or silver small foreign vehicle. The motive for the killing appears to be gang related.

Anyone with information is requested to contact North Hollywood Detectives at 818-623-4045.
During off-hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855). Callers may remain anonymous.