Murder in Speed Auto Repair

November 16, 1998

Saturday, November 14, 1998
On Saturday, November 14, 1998 at approximately 1:40 p.m., Hipolito Padilla was working inside his office at "Speed Auto Repair" located at 8425 South Broadway. Padilla was accosted by (2) unknown Hispanic male suspects inside his office. A dispute occurred resulting in a possible exchange of gunfire between Padilla and the suspects. Padilla was critically wounded and the suspects fled the scene in an unknown type, red vehicle. Paramedics were summoned and pronounced Padilla dead at the scene. The suspects were armed with semi-automatic handguns.

The motive for the crime is unknown. The suspects and murder weapon are outstanding.

South Bureau Homicide Detectives J. Zambos and C. Mosher are handling the investigation.

For Release 12:10 pm PST
November 16, 1998