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Suspect arrested in North Hollywood shooting

September 11, 2011 |  5:00 pm

A 25-year-old man is being held in lieu of $1-million bail in connection with a fatal shooting in North Hollywood, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said Sunday.

Caitan Arrequin was arrested Saturday evening on suspicion of killing 43-year-old Rafael Flores Vaca in an apartment in the 7600 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Officer Karen Rayner said.

The shooting occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday. Police responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. When they got to the apartment, officers found Vaca, who had been shot multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead there.

Police officers detained Arrequin immediately after the shooting as he left the scene, Rayner said. He was arrested later in the day after police searched his apartment and found evidence that they said pointed to him as a suspect, Rayner said.

Officers are still investigating the cause, but they said it may be gang-related.

--Anna Gorman


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