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Victim identified in apparent gang slaying in Wilmington

July 24, 2012 | 12:20 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in purple, along with 26 homicides since 2007 within 1 mile.

The man who was fatally wounded in Wilmington in a suspected gang-related shooting has been identified, authorities said Tuesday.

Emanuel Padilla, 24, was in an alley with another man in the 500 block of North Gulf Avenue on Sunday evening when a car pulled up and opened fire. Bruce Borihanh, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, described the shooting as "one gangster pulls up, shoots two other gangsters."

Padilla and the other man were shot several times in the upper body, authorities said. Both men were taken to the hospital, where Padilla later died. 

The second victim is in stable condition but has not been able to talk to investigators due to his injuries, Det. Louis Paglialonga said. 

The motive remains unclear.

"It's still fresh," he said. "We are in the very beginning of the investigation."

Wilmington has a history of gang violence. This latest killing marked the eighth homicide this year. Police believe that all but one were gang-related.

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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in purple, along with 26 homicides since 2007 within 1 mile. Credit: Los Angeles Times Homicide Report

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