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News Release

Friday, May 6, 2011

Media Relations

19-year-old West Valley Man Is Shot to Death NR11209lpk

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department West Valley Division detectives are investigating the murder of a 19-year-old man in Reseda.

Last night at 11:30 pm, West Valley officers went to the site of a shooting at Vanowen Street and Etiwanda Avenue.  Witnesses reported a black Volkswagen Jetta with several suspects drove by and fired numerous shots at the victim.

Officers found the victim shot once in the upper torso. Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries. The suspects are described only as male Hispanics.

The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Jorge Ernam Guijarra of Tarzana. Preliminary information suggests that this shooting is gang related.

Anyone with information about this murder are asked to call West Valley Area homicide detectives  at (818) 374-7720.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts