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Los Angeles: On Saturday, September 25, 2004, at about 10:30 p.m., Central Patrol officers responded to a radio call of a large group of juveniles disturbing the peace at 100 East 9th Street. When the first officers arrived they saw a large number of youths gathered on the sidewalks and in the roadway in front of the location.
A dispersal order was issued. As the crowd began to disperse, officers heard a single gunshot that appeared to come from inside the building at 833 South Spring Street. Suddenly several additional shot were heard from inside the building and people began to run in all directions. Several people inside the building started to kick out the front plate-glass window and climbed out to safety.
After the building was cleared, officers found two victims lying on the floor inside the building. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported a total of four victims to Los Angeles County General Hospital. Two victims, described as male Hispanics, 16 years of age, died as the result of gunshot wounds. Two additional victims were hospitalized for stab wounds and are in stable conditions.
The names of the deceased victims are being withheld pending notification to their families.
Central Area Homicide detectives are conducting the investigation. Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is urged to contact Central Detective Division, at 213-972-1203. On weekends and during off-hours, please call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).
This news advisory was prepared by Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.