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News Release

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Media Relations

Homicide Detectives Investigate Shooting Death

"Homicide Detectives Investigate Shooting Death"


Los Angeles: Rampart Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a male Columbian , approximately 23-years old. The shooting occurred in front of St. Vincents Medical Center located at 2131 W. 3rd Street.

On Monday, September 23, 2002 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Rampart Patrol Officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon, shots fired investigation. Upon arrival, they observed the victim on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and provided emergency medical treatment. The victim was transported to USC Medical Center where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The investigation revealed the victim was walking eastbound on 3rd Street From Grandview Avenue when an unknown male suspect approached from the rear and fired several shots striking the victim. The suspect fled northbound on Grandview Avenue.

The suspect is described as a possible male Hispanic, wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants. The weapon and suspect are outstanding . The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives, C. Silva or L. Velasco, 213-207-2051. During off-hours and on weekends call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Lucy Diaz, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.