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News Release

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Media Relations

Early Morning Shooting Claims Life

Los Angeles: A man was found dead in a car early Thursday morning in South Los Angeles.

On September 6, 2007, around 1:00 a.m., Southwest Area patrol officers responded to a shooting call in the 800 block of West 40th Place. Upon arrival the officers discovered the shooting victim, Edwin Bell, 47, a resident of Los Angeles, with multiple gunshot wounds. He was found in the driver’s seat of a red Mercedes. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed Bell had just driven  up to the location when a gunman fired multiple rounds with an unknown firearm. The gunman ran away after the shooting.

The gunman was described as a thin-build, African-American male in his 20s.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives Richard Gordon or Jim Yoshida, Operations-South Bureau Criminal Gang/Homicide Group, Southwest Squad, at 213-485-2415. On weekends and during off-hours, phone the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).