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Murder was the Case: LA Homicide No. 251, Man Killed In Case of Mistaken Identity

A man was killed in Northridge on October 18 in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. According to police, two groups of men were yelling at each other near the southeast corner of White Oak Avenue and Lassen Street.


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When one group realized that the other group was carrying guns, several of them ran across the street to take cover at a nearby church. One of the men took cover inside a liquor store on the southeast corner of the street. The men toting the handguns were then seen leaving the area in a silver Honda Accord EX.

Shortly afterward, three men, who had nothing to do with the earlier scuffle, walked into the liquor store, which the man from the previous group ran into. As they left the store and began walking across White Oak Avenue in the crosswalk, they were confronted by the men carrying guns.

They ran off, but 21-year-old Patrick Shillings had been shot several times and only made it a few hundred feet before falling to the ground and dying of his injuries. The shooters drove off in the same silver Honda Accord EX. Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Devonshire Division detectives at 818-832-0537.


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