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News Release

Monday, August 25, 2003

Media Relations

Dispute Turns Deadly

 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Homicide Detectives are investigating an argument that turned into a murder scene.

On Saturday, August 23, 2003, at about 1:20 a.m., LAPD West Valley patrol officers responded to a radio call in the 7200 block of Oso Avenue in Winnetka. At the scene, the officers found two people who had been shot.

One victim, 31 year-old Juan Carlos Panameno, a resident of Canoga Park, was dead at the scene. A female companion was wounded and transported to a local hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

The police investigation revealed that two women were fighting on the sidewalk at Oso Avenue and Sherman Way. After the initial brawl ended, Panameno and his companion drove to Oso Avenue and Enadia Way where they parked their car and exited the vehicle. At that time, a vehicle drove by and several shots were fired at the victims.

The motive for the initial altercation is not known. No suspects are in custody and no weapon has been recovered.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the West Valley Homicide unit at 818-756-8546. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number to the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Jack Richter, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.