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Man Shot to Death in Altercation

Slaying may have been sparked by an argument over a parked car blocking the victim's truck in front of an Oxnard warehouse.

January 19, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

A man was shot to death Saturday afternoon in front of a warehouse in an Oxnard industrial district, police said.

The identity of the victim, a Latino in his 40s, had not yet been determined Saturday night, said Sgt. Jim Seitz of the Oxnard Police Department.

Local catering trucks pick up food items at the warehouse, located at 921 Richmond Ave., officials and witnesses at the scene said.

Officials are still trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the slaying, but believe the shooting followed a verbal altercation between the victim and suspect.

According to initial reports from witnesses, the victim and a friend were sitting in an ice cream truck when the shooter drove into the parking lot and blocked the victim's truck, police said. A verbal and physical fight ensued. The suspect went back to his car, retrieved a gun and shot the victim, Seitz said.

The man apparently died from a single bullet to the upper body, Seitz said.

The suspect remains at large. It is unclear whether the victim knew the shooter.

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