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News Release

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Media Relations

Pacific Area Detectives Need Help Identifying Drive-by Suspects


Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Area Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 19 year-old man.

On June 2, 2003, at 12:25 a.m., Dionte Cheatham was walking on the sidewalk in the 600 block of Brooks Avenue, in the Venice area of Los Angeles. Unknown occupants inside a passing vehicle fired multiple shots at him. Cheatham, hit by several bullets, was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds.

There are no suspects in custody and no weapon was recovered.

The investigation is on going and being conducted by Pacific Area Homicide Detectives. Anyone with information is asked to call 310-202-4513. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

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