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Young father fatally shot driving near his Boyle Heights home

June 29, 2012 |  6:13 am


Police remain in Boyle Heights to investigate the shooting of a man who reportedly was killed driving near his family's home early Friday morning.

LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera said police responded to a call around 12:50 a.m. of an incident near Olympic Boulevard and Dacotah Street. She said a male between 25 and 30 years old was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and pronounced dead at the scene.

KTLA reports that the victim was driving east on Olympic about a block from the home he shares with his wife and child when a dark-colored SUV pulled up alongside him and at least one shooter opened fire.

"The shooting is unusual in that it occurred while the victim was driving and bullets entered the vehicle from both sides of the car," LAPD Sgt. Kevin Moore told KTLA.

Herrera said police have no suspect information and are not sure if the shooting was gang-related. She said officers were still at the scene Friday around 5:30 a.m.

According to the L.A. Times Homicide Report, since Jan. 1, 2007, 59 homicides have occurred within a two-mile radius of the street corner where Friday’s shooting took place.  


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Photo: LAPD investigators work at the Boyle Heights scene of a car-to-car shooting in which a man was killed early Friday morning. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times