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News Release

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Media Relations

Rampart Detectives Investigate Shooting Death

"Rampart Detectives Investigate Shooting Death"


Los Angeles: Rampart Homicide Detectives are investigating the death of a male Hispanic, 19 years of age.

Rampart Homicide Detectives are investigating the death of a male Hispanic, 19 years of age.

On Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at approximately 2:33 a.m., Rampart Area patrol officers responded to a "Shots Fired" investigation at 3000 West Leeward Avenue. Upon arrival, officers were unable to locate any evidence of shots being fired. Officers spoke to a witness who heard shots being fired and described a male Hispanic, 30 years of age, wearing a dark jacket running eastbound from the location toward Hoover Street.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., Rampart Area officers responded to a call generated by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, at 3033 West Leeward Avenue, describing a man down who was the possible victim of a shooting. Upon arrival, the officers observed the victim down on the sidewalk. The victim appeared to have a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics, at scene, pronounced the victim dead.

The investigation revealed that unknown suspects shot and killed the victim at scene. The suspect and weapon remain outstanding.

The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. The identification of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking assistance from the community, asking witnesses to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives J. Pere or J. Motto at 213-207-2051 during day time hours or 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855) during evening and off-hours.

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