Suspects Kill One and Injure Another During Vehicle Chase

July 20, 2000

Thursday, July 20, 2000

"Suspects Kill 1 and Injure Another During Vehicle Chase"

Los Angeles – On Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at 9:15 p.m., Van Nuys Uniformed Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of "ADW, Shots Fired, Ambulance En route" located at 6586 Van Nuys Boulevard. Officers discovered, at the scene, two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

A preliminary investigation revealed that suspect(s) in a vehicle, were chasing the victim’s vehicle, along the route the suspects fired numerous times at the victims. The chase ended at the above location. The motive is unknown at this time and the suspect(s) are still outstanding.

Victim – 1, Ricardo Tellez, 21 years old, male Hispanic, from Pacoima, was still inside the vehicle. Tellez expired from a gunshot wound to his upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:24 p.m.

Victim – 2, Gilberto Cuevas, 20 years old, male Hispanic, also from Pacoima, the driver of the vehicle. Cuevas suffered a gunshot wound to his arm and was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in fair condition.

Van Nuys Homicide Detectives are handling the investigation. Anyone with further questions, please contact Detective Aldaz at 818-756-8377.

Van Nuys Homicide Detectives will hold a press conference and will make themselves available to the media at 12:00 NOON TODAY, July 20, 2000, at Van Nuys Community Police Station, 6240 Sylmar Avenue, Van Nuys, California.

This press release was prepared by Officer Marlo Lopez del Haro, Media Relations Section.

For Release 3:00 pm PDT
July 20, 2000