Drive-By Shooting Claims Life

July 2, 2002

Los Angeles: On Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at approximately 9:30 a.m., the victim, 20-year old Rodnell Tripplet, was standing on the sidewalk in front of 539 West 77th Street. Two male Black suspects in a beige color newer model small compact car drove by and fired several rounds. The victim received gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Unfortunately, the victim died at the hospital due to his injuries a short time later.
The motive is unknown, but appears gang related.
The suspects and weapon remain outstanding.
Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is urged to contact the 77th Homicide Unit at 213-485-1383. 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 Jason Lee, Media Relation Section, 213-485-3586.