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News Release

Monday, March 15, 2004

Media Relations

Fight Turns Into Shooting, Claims Life


Los Angeles: Southeast Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting death of 31 year-old Jason Lewis, a resident of Los Angeles.

On March 13, 2004 at approximately 5:05 p.m. Lewis was involved in a dispute with a group of young men regarding gang affiliation, at 89th Street and Broadway. A fight broke out between Lewis and his friends and the suspect’s group. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and shot at Lewis. Lewis and one of his friends were struck by the gunfire. Los Angeles Fire department Paramedics responded and transported Lewis and his friend, a 19 year-old male Hispanic to a nearby hospital. Lewis was pronounced dead as a result of his gunshot wounds. His friend is listed in serious condition.

The shooter was described as a male Hispanic, 16-18 years of age. The suspect fled the location in a black sport utility vehicle.

The motive appears to be gang related.

Anyone with in formation regarding this incident is urged to contact Southeast Homicide Detectives, at 213-485-6902. On weekends and during off-hours, contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

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