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LAPD looks for leads in slaying of Glassell Park woman

Map shows homicides reported near Glassell Park since 2007.
Los Angeles police Tuesday were seeking the public's help in the slaying of an 18-year-old woman in Glassell Park.

Nichole Zuniga was gunned down about 9 p.m. Monday in the 3200 block of Verdugo Road, the Los Angeles Police Department said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 21-year-old man, identified by the LAPD as Michael Cortes, was wounded in the shooting and taken to a local hospital. He was listed Tuesday in critical condition.

Detectives believe the two victims were friends but had not established a motive for the attack. 

Since January 2007, at least 39 homicides have been reported within 2 miles of the scene, according to The Times Homicide Report database.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 344-5744.

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Map shows homicides reported within 2 miles of Monday's crime scene. Credit: Times Homicide Report

 
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