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News Release

Sunday, February 7, 2021

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Van Nuys: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide unit are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for a fatal shooting in Van Nuys.

On February 6, 2021, at 10:09 p.m., Van Nuys Area Patrol Officers responded to Radio Call of "Shots Fired" at the 13700 block of Vanowen Street. Upon arrival they observed Victim -2, on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported him to a local hospital.

While at the scene, the officers were directed to the third floor of the complex by witnesses. The officers observed Victim-1 laying in the exterior hallway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was unconscious and not breathing. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced him dead at scene.

Investigation reveals there was a gathering in one of the apartments. An argument ensued between two of the guests and a shooting occurred. Detectives were attempting to identify the individuals at the gathering as well as the suspect(s).

The victim for the time being is John Doe. A male, Hispanic, approximately 40 years old.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.