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News Release

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Media Relations

Van Nuys Man Shot to Death

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the publics help in identifying the person(s) responsible for the death of a 39-year-old man shot and killed Tuesday afternoon.

On August 7, 2007, at about 1:00 PM, officers responded to a shooting that had just occurred in the 5700 block of Halbrent Avenue. When they arrived at the location they found Luis Arturo Velarde, of Van Nuys, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Witnesses at the scene stated they heard a shot and observed the victim stumble and fall to the ground. Velarde was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

No suspects or vehicles were seen and the motive is unknown at this time.

Anyone with information regarding the murder or the identity of the suspects are requested to call the Van Nuys Homicide Unit at 818-374-0040, during business hours. After hours and on weekends, please phone the 24-hour Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (877-529-2855).