Los Angeles: On Saturday, May 8, 2004, at about 11:55 p.m., Foothill Patrol Officers responded to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Shots Fired, radio call at 14684 Rex Street.
The preliminary investigation revealed a group of uninvited gang members entered a birthday party that was taking place. The gang members argued with some of the guests and shot two of them. Both victims were unarmed. The group of suspects fled the scene in three vehicles, described as a red 1998/ 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse, a black Honda Civic and a white Ford F150 truck. Two shooting victims were transported to a local hospital by fellow partygoers in a private vehicle. Both victims died during medical treatment.
The victims were identified as Antonio Vasquez, a 27-year-old resident of Panorama City and Hector Villarreal, a 23-year-old resident of Lakeview Terrace.
Foothill Detectives are asking for the community’s assistance in identifying the suspects associated with this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Foothill Area Detectives at 818-834-3115. During off-hours and on weekends please call the 24-hour, toll-free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).
This news release was prepared by Public Information Officer Eduardo Funes, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.