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Alhambra police investigate possible gang homicide

Map shows location of Saturday's shooting in purple, as well as 19 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Click here to learn more on the Times interactive Homicide Report.Alhambra police are investigating a fatal, possibly gang-related shooting between occupants of two cars that took place after a Halloween party early Saturday.

Leopoldo Anaya, 19, of El Sereno died of a single gunshot wound to the chest after being driven by friends to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, said Alhambra Police Sgt. Joe Flannagan.

Just after midnight, officers received reports of shots fired near the corner of Winchester and Concord avenues in Alhambra. When they arrived, they found no one, but discovered shell casings on the ground.

Soon thereafter, they received a call from hospital officials that Anaya had been brought in by two friends in a Ford Explorer. He died soon after that.

Flannagan said one of Anaya's friends in the car ran off, but the driver remained at the hospital. He was questioned by officers and said he and his friends had just come from a Halloween party. It's unclear if an incident at the party sparked the shooting, Flannagan said.  

“We’re thinking it’s a gang-related shooting; it appears to be a car-to-car drive-by,” he said.

He said shots were exchanged between the Ford Explorer and a black Honda sedan, for which detectives are now searching.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Alhambra investigators at (626) 308-4844.


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Map: Shows location of Saturday's shooting in purple, as well as 19 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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