Man Sitting on Porch is Killed in Drive by Shooting

November 16, 2008

Los Angeles: Rampart Homicide Detectives are investigating a shooting that killed a 19-year-old man sitting on his front porch.

On November 16, 2008, at around 4:20 p.m., Edward Ruacho was sitting with friends on the front porch of their apartment complex in the 120 Block of Westmoreland Avenue.  Two suspects in a black Ford Explorer with tinted windows drove up to the front of the building and stopped momentarily.  The front seat passenger, described as a Hispanic man, 25-30 years of age with spiked hair, fired several rounds from a handgun, striking Ruacho multiple times.  The male driver, described as Hispanic, 25-30 years, shaved head, wearing a baseball cap, drove away northbound after the shooting.

Ruacho was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or may have information regarding it, is asked to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives, J. Pere or G. Lee at 213-484-3650.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website  Tipsters may remain anonymous.