Victim Shot, Runs from Killer, Collapses and Dies

April 10, 2003

Los Angeles: On Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at approximately 3:30 p.m., 21 year-old Wilbur Banks Jr. was standing on the sidewalk in the 800 block of east 120th Street. An unknown suspect(s) approached Banks and fired multiple shots at him. Banks ran several yards before collapsing in the courtyard of a nearby apartment complex.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics transported Banks to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
The motive appears to be gang related. The weapons and suspect(s) remain outstanding.
Anyone with information should contact Southeast Homicide Detectives at 213-485-6902. On weekends and during off hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Grace Brady, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.