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Monday, October 3, 2005

Media Relations

Gang Related Shooting in North Hills

Los Angeles: Mission Area Homicide Detectives are investigating a gang related drive-by shooting, which claimed the life of a man and wounding of his friend. 

On Sunday, October 2, 2005, at approximately 3:10 AM, Mission Area patrol officers responded to a shooting call in the 8700 block of Columbus Avenue.  Upon arrival officers observed one victim, later identified as 20-year-old Gerardo Fajardo, a resident of Van Nuys, deceased at the scene.

Fajardo's friend, 20-year-old Hispanic man, a resident of Sun Valley, was shot in the chest and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. 

The suspect(s) were only described as male Hispanics.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joseph Fleming, Mission Area Homicide Unit, at 818-838-9810.  On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877- LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).