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News Release

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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30-Year-Old Man Shot and Killed

Los Angeles: Rampart Homicide Detectives are investigating the murder of Walter Vega, 30, a resident of Los Angeles.

On November 12, 2007, at around 4:15 PM, Rampart Area patrol officers responded to a shooting call in the 700 block of South Berendo Street. Upon arrival the officers observed the victim down on the sidewalk, suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation revealed the victim was standing at the location when two suspects approached him. A confrontation occurred at which time one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and shot the victim numerous times. The two suspects ran southbound towards 8th Street and entered a van with several other occupants.

The two suspects were described as Hispanics. One suspect was wearing a white shirt with his collar pulled up to his face and the other suspect was wearing unknown colored shorts. Their van was described as a possible blue Toyota.

The motive for the shooting is believed to be gang related.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rampart Homicide Detectives at 213-207-2060. During off-hours and on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).