Argument Turns Into Shooting Death

June 20, 2001


Echo Park – Rampart Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting death of 24 year old Victor Cruz Galeno.
On Friday, June 15, 2001, at approximately 10:45 p.m., the victim and witnesses were drinking in the area of the 508 North Douglas Street. Suspect-1 drove up to the victim and witnesses in a red van. The victim approached suspect-1 in the vehicle and an argument ensued. Suspect-1 left the location in the red van. Approximately 20 minutes later, suspect-1 returned to the location in the red van with suspect-2. Both suspects exited the vehicle and Suspect-1 attempted to start a fight with a witness. The victim attempted to intervene when Suspect-2 fired two shots at the victim striking him in the chest. The suspects entered the red van and fled the location.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both suspects are described as male Hispanics, 5’6"-5’8" tall, between the ages of 25-30.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Rampart Homicide Unit at 213-207-2051.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.