Body of Fatally Shot Man Found in Apartment

October 22, 2008


Wilshire Homicide detectives arrested a suspect in the murder of Dong-Woo Shin, 31.  Tony Cho, a 34-year-old Los Angeles resident was arrested at 3 a.m. on October 23, 2008 and booked for murder.  He is being held on $1,001,588 bail.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives are investigating a deadly shooting that appears to have occurred in an apartment in the Wilshire Division.

On Oct. 21, 2008, officers from LAPD’s Wilshire Division responded to a call for service at an apartment complex in the 700 block of South Oxford Avenue.  When they arrived, officers were directed to a specific unit in the building where witnesses discovered a deceased male of Korean descent, lying in a pool of blood.  The victim appeared to have been physically assaulted and shot.

Preliminary findings in the early stages of the investigation suggest the motive for the murder may be related to a robbery and/or narcotics.  Currently, detectives are interviewing a person of interest, a male of Korean descent and a resident of Los Angeles.  Investigators also continue to analyze evidence and are interviewing additional witnesses.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Wilshire Division homicide detectives at 213-473-0446.  After-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-247 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “CRIMES” with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web Tips.  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.” All calls and contacts are anonymous.