Man Walking Down Street Is Shot to Death Motive for Shooting is Unknown NR11159

April 18, 2011

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Harbor Division detectives are investigating the murder of man as he walked down a street in Wilmington.

Last night at around 9:30 p.m., 30-year-old George Rodriguez and his girlfriend were walking down a sidewalk in the 1000 block of East L Street when a vehicle drove past them and parked.  Two of the three occupants in the vehicle got out, began chasing Rodriguez and then fired several rounds with handguns at the victim, hitting him in the upper torso.  The suspects then ran back to their vehicle and fled the area.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the incident and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

The suspects are described only as three Black males.

Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call Harbor Area Homicide Detectives Batres or Rodriguez at 310-726-7887 or 310-726-7880. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.