Van Nuys Homicide Investigation

August 6, 2001

Van Nuys: On Friday, August 3, 2001, at approximately 9:50 P.M., Van Nuys Patrol Officers responded to a Radio Call of shots fired at the 7400 block of Haskell Avenue. Upon arrival at the location, Officers, found the victim, James Richard, a male Black, 24 years old, resident of the Van Nuys area suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Rescue ambulance #39 responded and transported the victim to Northridge Hospital, where he later died.

The initial investigation revealed that Richard was shot during a verbal argument, which escalated into a physical argument. After the shooting, the suspect fled the area, taking the murder weapon with him. He has not been arrested. Anyone with information is asked to call the Van Nuys Homicide Unit at 818-756-8377, or during non-business hours, the Van Nuys Watch Commander at 818-756-8346.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Eduardo Funes, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.