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News Release

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Media Relations

Gang Member Shot and Killed While Tagging

Los Angeles: A local gang member was shot by rival gang members as he was tagging in South Los Angeles.

The victim, 23-year-old Michael Robert Sandoval of Los Angeles, was spray painting the name of a South Los Angeles street gang of his association, when two male Hispanic suspects drove up in a car. One of the suspects got out of the car and confronted Sandoval and shot him multiple times with a semi-automatic handgun. Sandoval received a fatal gunshot wound to his head and died a short time later at a local hospital.

The suspects' car was described as an unknown year Honda Accord, 2 door, teal green in color.

The suspects, weapon and vehicle remain outstanding.

Persons with information regarding this matter may contact 77th Street Detective Division at 213-485-1383. On weekends and during off-hours, the public may also call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).