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News Release

Friday, February 7, 2003

Media Relations

Man Found Dead On Apartment Rooftop


Los Angeles: Rampart Homicide Detectives are investigating the death of an unknown male Hispanic, approximately 20-25 years of age.

On Friday, February 7, 2003, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to 2795 West 8th Street in response to a dead body call. Upon arrival, firefighters found the victim lying on the roof of the apartment building suffering from gunshot wounds. Los Angeles Fire department Paramedics pronounced the victim dead and reported the incident to the police. Rampart Area patrol officers responded and established a crime scene.

The investigation revealed that the victim was on the roof of the apartment complex at approximately 1:00 a.m. when he became involved in an altercation with an unknown number of suspects. The victim was shot with an unknown type weapon and the suspect(s) fled the scene.

The suspects and weapon are outstanding. The motive for the shooting is believed to be gang-related.

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the assistance from the community, asking witnesses to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives J. Motto or J. Pere at 213-207-2051 during daytime hours. On weekends or after hours, contact the toll free 24-hour number at the Detective Information desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Renee’ Montoya, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.