Argument Turns Into Shooting

October 27, 2000

Friday, October 27, 2000

"Argument Turns Into Shooting"

Los Angeles – On Friday morning, October 27, 2000, at approximately 12:05 a.m., the victim, Roberto Carlos Arevalo Vargas, 23 years old, was at the 2000 Body Shop, which is located at 949 West 66th Street in Los Angeles. Vargas was with several of his friends drinking beer and whiskey. During this drinking session an argument erupted between Vargas and a suspect. The suspect removed a handgun from his waistband and fired one round at Vargas, fatally wounding him. Vargas was transported to Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at 6:29 a.m. The suspect fled the location after the shooting and he is only described as a male Hispanic approximately 23 years of age.

The motive appears to be a verbal dispute.

77th Street Homicide Detectives are conducting the investigation. Anyone with any information concerning this incident is requested to call 77th Street Homicide Detectives at 213-485-1383 or 77th Street Watch Commander at 213-485-2389.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section 213-485-3586.

For Release 5:00 pm PDT
October 27, 2000