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News Release

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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14-Year-Old Gunned Down

Los Angeles: A gang motivated shooting kills a young boy Monday evening.

On Monday, November 5, 2007, at around 8:15 p.m., Rene Vargas was in the 1300 block of West 7th Street. A black SUV drove up to where Vargas was standing and the passenger got out and walked up to him.

The suspect had a gun and fired numerous rounds at Vargas, striking him several times in the upper body. As the SUV began to drive away the suspect jumped in and the vehicle sped off.

After being shot, Vargas tried to run for help but collapsed near the intersection of West 7th Street and Witmer Street. Paramedics responded and transported Vargas to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rampart Homicide Detectives Michael Arteaga or John Motto at 213-207-2060. After hours and on weekends, please call the 24-hour Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855).