Los Angeles: Gang violence claims the life of a 17-year-old South Los Angeles youth.
On October 6, 2007, at about 10:15 p.m., Jason Valdez Perez, 17, and his 18-year-old friend were standing with a group of friends in front of a residence in the 700 block of East 109th Street.
A male Black suspect walked up to the residence and fired several gunshots towards the group. Both Perez and a second victim were struck by the gunfire. The suspect then ran northbound on Mckinley Avenue. He and the weapon remain outstanding.
Perez suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his upper torso and died at scene. The 18-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for a minor gunshot wound and released from the hospital the same evening.
The motive for this shooting is believed to be gang related.
Anyone with information regarding this crime can contact Operations-South Bureau Homicide Detectives Sam Marullo or Nathan Kouri at 213-485-4341. After hours and on weekends, please phone the 24-hour Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855).