Murder Was the Case: L.A. Homicide No. 187, Man Shot in Van Nuys

Juan Espinoza, 19, was shot on the corner of Friar Street and Vesper Avenue in Van Nuys July 31.


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According to the police the incident happened 10.30 p.m., after a verbal dispute between the suspect and Espinoza. Investigators have indicated the gunman to be a male Hispanic with black hair between 20-30 years of age. The killer, after shooting Espinoza, fled the scene in a 1980s white two- or four-door Honda Civic. Investigations are underway and no arrests have been made yet.

Police have not indicated if the killing was gang-related. Anyone with information can get in touch with Detective Pete Barba at (818) 374-0040 or call 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273).


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