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News Release

Thursday, August 1, 2002

Media Relations

Rampart Area Man Shot to Death


Los Angeles: Rampart Area Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting death of Jose Castillo, a male Hispanic, approximately 21 years of age.

On July 31, 2002 at approximately 6:43 p.m., Castillo returned home and was parking his vehicle in the driveway of his residence, located in the 4000 block of Council Street. As he was closing a security gate, the suspects approached in a possible mini-van, gray in color. The van stopped adjacent to the driveway facing westbound. without any apparent warning or provocation, a passenger in the mini-van produced an unknown caliber firearm and fired multiple shots in the direction of Castillo. Castillo suffered a single gunshot wound to the facial area. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported him to Hollywood Presbyterian/Queen of Angels Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Although this shooting appears to be gang-related, there is no information to indicate that the victim was a gang member.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Rampart Area Homicide Detectives at 213-207-2051 during business hours. On weekend and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective information Desk, 1-877- LAWFULL (1-877 529-3855).

This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Jack Richter, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.