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Discovery of Shooting Victim at Quarry Investigated as Homicide

May 21, 2003|Tracy Wilson | Times Staff Writer

A man was found shot Tuesday afternoon at an abandoned rock quarry in western Ventura County, and law enforcement officials are treating the incident as a homicide.

Ventura Police Department officers responded to an emergency call about 1:50 p.m. and found the victim at the east end of Rocklite Road, not far from De Anza Middle School.

Law enforcement officials declined to release the victim's name, age or residence.

Emergency personnel transported the victim to Ventura County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., sheriff's spokesman Eric Nishimoto said.

The Sheriff's Department took over the investigation after determining that the shooting had occurred at the quarry, which is in an unincorporated area, not in Ventura.

"We are treating that as the crime scene," Nishimoto said. "We have had our helicopter up here trying to look for possible suspects, and that is one reason why we are reticent to release anything."

Nishimoto would not say how many times the victim had been shot, and he would not comment on whether the shooting was gang related.

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