Man Killed during Robbery Attempt

March 14, 2004

Los Angeles: On Sunday, March 14, 2004, at about 4:00 a.m., Van Nuys Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of " Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Shots Fired" in the 5880 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. Upon arrival, Officers were met by a witness, who told them that he and his uncle, David Earl Cosgrove, a male White, 21 years of age, a resident of the Van Nuys area were walking home from a bar. Two male Hispanics armed with a handgun approached them and demanded their money. The witness in fear, ran from the suspects. As he ran he heard a shot, turned and saw his uncle on the ground and the suspects running away. At this time, it is unknown if any property was taken from victim David Cosgrove.
Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance transported David Cosgrove to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The motive for the shooting at this time appears to be robbery.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to contact Van Nuys Homicide Detectives, at 818-756-8346. On weekends and during off-hours, contact the 24 hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.
This news advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Sandra Escalante, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.