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Two More People Are Slain in Unrelated L.A. Shootings

November 22, 2002|Daniel Hernandez | Times Staff Writer

A 14-year-old was shot to death Thursday after a fistfight in Los Angeles, and a half-hour later a man was chased down the street and killed near Cheviot Hills, bringing to 18 the number of suspected homicides in the county since Friday.

The first shooting occurred just after 4 p.m. in the parking lot of a doughnut shop at Western and Vermont avenues. The killer fired repeatedly at the 14-year-old and fled, police Capt. James Miller said.

The shooting did not appear to be related to gangs or to the eight other shootings that have taken place along Western since Nov. 12, Miller said.

About 4:35 p.m., a 20-year-old man was chased on foot for about a block and shot repeatedly in the backyard of a home in the 1900 block of Preuss Road, south of Beverly Hills. He was pronounced dead at Cedars Sinai Hospital.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday November 23, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 12 inches; 439 words Type of Material: Correction
L.A. shootings -- A story in Friday's California section said a 14-year-old was shot to death at Vermont and Western avenues, which are parallel streets. The youth was killed in the 4400 block of South Western. The story also said his death brings to 18 the number of suspected homicides in the county since the previous Friday. That was the number in the city of Los Angeles.

"I think it involved graffiti, somebody crossing out someone's graffiti, getting chased and getting shot at," police Lt. Mike Menza said.

Police Chief William J. Bratton on Wednesday said he was "very disturbed and angry" about the rash of killings near the end of one of the most violent years in recent city history and urged residents and police to fight back.

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