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News Release

Saturday, June 6, 2009

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Los Angeles: A man was shot outside of a home yesterday evening in South Los Angeles.

The male victim, 37, whose name is being withheld until family notifications are made, was standing on the front porch of a home located in the 800 block of West 43rd Street, when four men approached him at around 9:50 p.m.  One of the men asked the victim if he had been involved in an altercation at a nearby market.  When the victim admitted involvement, a gunman from the group shot him in the chest and fled.   

The victim was rushed to an area hospital where he died a short time later.   

Prior to the shooting, the victim along with a friend were at a market in the 4200 block of South Hoover Street.  The victim’s friend asked a man, later identified as Jimmy Hernandez, 21, for five dollars.  After Hernandez told the man he did not have any money, he walked outside and was attacked with a stick by the 37-year-old male who would later be murdered.

Hernandez, accompanied by three gang members, located the victim and shot him.

Detectives developed leads and conducted a follow up at Hernandez’s residence where he was taken into custody.  After being interviewed, Hernandez was charged with murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

The three suspects at large were described only as Latino.

Anyone with information about this murder is urged to contact Southwest Homicide Detectives at 213-485-1383.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on web tips.  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.