Detectives Investigate a Homicide

March 24, 2003

Los Angeles: 77th Street Homicide Detectives are investigating a shooting that led to the death of one male and the wounding of another.

On Sunday, March 23, 2003, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Los Angeles police officers assigned to 77th Area responded to an "Assault with a Deadly Weapon" radio call in the 3200 block of West Slauson.
The victims, 14 year-old Marquise Pickins and another 14 year-old male were standing on the sidewalk in front of the above location with a group of companions. Unidentified suspects approached the group and after a brief conversation, the suspects fired several rounds at the group striking the two fourteen year-olds.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the location and pronounced Marquise Pickins dead at the scene. The additional fourteen year-old male was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is listed in stable condition.
The motive is unknown at this time. The suspect(s) and weapon(s) remain outstanding.
Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the 77th Street Area Homicide Detectives, at 213-485-1383. On weekends and during off-hours, please call the 24-hour toll free number at, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Grace Brady, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.