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Pacoima: Victor Mendez Jr., 17

December 22, 2009 |  4:46 pm

The location where Victor Mendez Jr. was shot. Click for the Pacoima Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Victor Mendez Jr., a 17-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, Dec. 19, at Foothill Boulevard and Paxton Street in Pacoima, authorities said.

Mendez was the victim of a car-to-car shooting that police said may be gang-related. Occupants of the two vehicles exchanged words before a gunman in one car began firing on the other about 1 p.m., officials said.

The suspects' vehicle was described as a dark-colored compact.

Mendez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:35 p.m. Police are looking for four male suspects.

-- Rich Connell

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Map: The location where Victor Mendez Jr. was shot. Click for the Pacoima Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.

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