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Police identify bicyclist gunned down in Koreatown attack

May 27, 2012 |  2:37 pm


Police have identified the 19-year-old bicyclist struck by an SUV and fatally shot in a brazen midday attack in Koreatown on Saturday that left another cyclist wounded.

Shaoyan Almazan, of Los Angeles, was riding his bicycle with an unidentified friend about 1:20 p.m. when he was hit by the white SUV at the intersection of San Moreno Avenue and South New Hampshire Street, said Los Angeles police officer Karen Rayner.

A male passenger got out of the SUV and shot Almazan several times as he lay on the ground, Rayner said. The second cyclist was struck in the hand as he began to ride away.

He stopped to call 911 in the 800 block of Vermont Avenue, Rayner said. Medics later took him to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Almazan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the attack, Rayner said, and are looking for three men believed to be in the SUV. Witnesses said the shooter, described as a man of "medium height and weight," was wearing a hooded sweat shirt.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the incident to call Det. Mark Morgan at (213) 382-9470 or (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can also be called in to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.


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Photo: Police tape blocks off a crime scene in Koreatown on Saturday where two cyclists were shot in a midday attack. Credit: KTLA News