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Police investigating killing of Torrance car shop owner

January 1, 2011 |  3:10 pm

Torrance police are investigating the killing of a popular car shop owner who was shot to death Christmas Eve.

Police found Joe Gosinski, 44, dead inside his business, Chicane Sport Tuning, in the early hours of Dec. 24 after receiving a call about an injured man. The Los Angeles County coroner's office reported the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest after an autopsy Dec. 28.

Gosinski specialized in customizing Ford Mustangs and had been featured on the TLC show "Overhaulin'."

A memorial Facebook page had drawn 645 fans as of Saturday and inspired hundreds of people to post reminiscences, memorial videos and pictures of cars. Friends were planning to hold a memorial cruise Sunday.
As of Saturday, Torrance police said only that the investigation is ongoing. They have not named a suspect.

Police asked anyone with information about the crime to call the Torrance Police Department detectives division at (310) 618-5570.

-- Abby Sewell