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News Release

Friday, November 17, 2006

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Drive- By Shooting Kills One

Los Angeles: 22-year-old Jesus Leon was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles.

On November 11, 2006, around 9:50 P.M., Southeast patrol officers were in the area of Manchester Avenue and Figueroa Street.  The officers heard several gunshots being fired nearby.  As they began to investigate, they saw a vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.  At the same time, the officers also saw a vehicle stopped in the driveway of a fast food restaurant.  This vehicle had sustained multiple gunshots.  The officers followed the suspect's car eastbound on Manchester Avenue to the northbound Harbor Freeway.  The suspects exited the freeway and subsequently collided with several vehicles at 76th Street and Grand Avenue.

Suspects Julio Santos,25, and Andy DaVilla ,24, were arrested and booked for Murder.

The investigation at the shooting scene revealed that three male Hispanics were driving eastbound when the suspects drove alongside their vehicle and began shooting at them. 

Jesus Leon was pronounced dead at the scene.  A second victim was transported to a local hospital with gunshot wounds.  He is expected to survive. The motive appears to be gang related.                

Anyone with information is asked to call Southeast Homicide Detective Sal LaBarbera at 213-972-7816.  On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855). Callers may remain anonymous.