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News Release

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Westside Shooting Leaves One Dead And Another Injured NR12007lp

Los Angeles:  A shooting left one man dead and another injured yesterday evening.

On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, just before 7:30 p.m., 18-year-old David Morales and his 17- year-old companion were walking northbound on Sawtelle Boulevard at Pearl Street. Two suspects described as male Hispanics, between 16 and 20 years old fired multiple gunshots and left the area heading westbound on Pearl Street.

Los Angeles Fire Department pronounced Morales dead at scene and his companion was transported by a friend to a local area hospital where he was treated and released.

Anyone with information is urged to call West Bureau Homicide Detectives Dave Vinton or Rolondo Rodriguez, at 213-382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  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.