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Strip club manager killed in freeway shooting may have been targeted, police say

June 10, 2011 |  8:43 am

The general manager of a Gardena strip club shot to death on the 110 Freeway may have been targeted, investigators said Friday.

Ivan Spencer, 55, was shot multiple times near the Rosecrans Avenue freeway onramp in the Harbor Gateway area about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. After calling 911 to report "I'm shot," Spencer crashed his Toyota Prius on the eastbound 91 connector.

Moments before, Spencer had left the Starz strip club on Rosecrans, said Los Angeles Police Det. Sal LaBarbera. The club is owned by Spencer's girlfriend, which whom he lived in Rolling Hills.

LaBarbera said detectives are working on many tips and are interviewing those at the club.

Spencer worked at the club for about 15 years and was known for having a calm demeanor, LaBarbera said.

Anyone with information should call LaBarbera at (213) 485-4341. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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