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Man slain in drive-by shooting in Wilmington

March 31, 2011 |  9:25 pm

Click here for a Times database of Wilmington homicides. Los Angeles police on Thursday were looking for information in the death of a 36-year-old man who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Wilmington.

Juan Leon was standing on a sidewalk in the 1100 block of Blinn Avenue when two attackers drove by shortly before midnight Wednesday.  The passenger fired several rounds from a handgun, striking Leon in the torso, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Leon was pronounced dead a short while later at a local hospital.

At least 44 homicides have been reported in Wilmington since January 2007, according to The Times Homicide Report database. Nearly all were slain by gunfire.

Detectives had not determined a motive for Leon's shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Dets. David Cortez or David Alvarez at (310) 726-7889.

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Map shows Wilmington homicides since January 2007. Credit: Times' Homicide Report.

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