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News Release

Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Media Relations

Man Found Shot to Death in His Car


Los Angeles: On October 7, 2003, at 7:20 a.m., West Valley Area officers responded to an ambulance shooting radio call in the 7300 block of Variel Avenue, Canoga Park. Upon their arrival, the officers were directed by witnesses to a vehicle parked in a carport at the front of the location. The officers discovered the body of a male Hispanic, identified as 30-year-old Jose Luis Rosa, lying dead in the car.

Witnesses to the crime were located and indicated that the victim, who lives in the complex where the shooting occurred, had walked from his apartment to his car when a lone male gunman approached him. As the victim entered his car the suspect fired several rounds from a handgun at the victim, striking him in the head and upper torso. The suspect, described as a male Hispanic wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hood, fled on foot.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to the location and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The motive for the crime is unknown. No suspects have been identified or arrested at this time.

The West Valley Area Homicide Detectives are conducting the investigation. Anyone with information concerning this murder is asked to please call them at 818-342-0449. On weekends and during off-hours, please contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective's Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Adriana N. Sanchez, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.