Los Angeles: On Friday, January 31, 2003, at approximately 4:20 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Foothill Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a "Possible Murder Investigation" on the 13000 block of Carl Street. Upon arrival at the scene, the officers were directed to the body of Francisco Ortiz Gonzales, a 27 year-old resident of Panorama City.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was shot numerous times and died at the scene. The motive appears to be gang related.
Anyone with information should contact the Foothill Area Community Police Station at 818-756-8861. On weekends and during off-hours call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Grace Brady, Media Relations Section, 213 485-3586.