Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Verbal Dispute Resulted in Deadly Shooting NR09373gbLos Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public’s help in searching for a suspect who shot and killed 19-year-old, Juan Espinoza, a resident of Van Nuys.
On July 31, 2009, at around 10:30 p.m., a patrol unit was dispatched to a call in the parking lot at the intersection of Friar Street and Vesper Avenue, and found Espinoza suffering from a gunshot wound. Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to detectives, the victim became involved in a verbal dispute with the suspect, who is described as a male Hispanic with black hair, in his late 20’s to early 30’s. The suspect drove away in a late 1980’s four door small car (possibly Honda Civic).
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Van Nuys Homicide Detectives at 818-374-0040. During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-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.