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Suspect, Motive Still Unknown in Altadena Fatal Drive-By Shooting

Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | 5:17 pm
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies gather near the scene of near Canyada Avenue and Figueroa Drive in Altadena where the victim of a homicide was located on February 16, 2020. Picture courtesy LASD

Some details have emerged about Sunday’s fatal drive-by shooting in Altadena that left a 45-year-old man dead — but the suspect remains unknown and the victim’s name has not yet been released.

Homicide investigators from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department continued to work the case on Tuesday, and asked that anyone with information call them at (323) 890-5500.

According to the Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau, the incident occurred around 1 p.m. in the 2400 block of Canyada Avenue, with Altadena deputies responding following a report of shots fired.

A department news release said the unknown suspect fired multiple rounds at the victim before driving away. No motive was known.

When deputies arrived, they found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper torso near Canyada Avenue and Figueroa Drive.

The victim, identified by the Sheriff’s Department only as a 45-year-old black man, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, the department said.

The county coroner’s office told Pasadena Now on Tuesday that it was not releasing the ID of the victim, pending notification of his next of kin. The coroner identified the victim as an African American male in his 40s.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, investigators had identified a residence of interest, but that location was cleared by the Special Enforcement Bureau.

No suspects were taken into custody, and there was no additional information immediately available, a Sheriff’s Department public information officer told Pasadena Now on Tuesday.

There still was some unclarity about how Sunday’s events played out, however.

At the time, KCBS’s Cristy Fajardo reported that detectives said the victim was shot while driving and continued for about a block and a half before stopping at a home, where he exited the vehicle and collapsed.

The sheriff’s department temporarily closed the eastbound and westbound lanes of Figueroa from Lincoln to Casitas Avenues for an investigation.

Anyone who might prefer to provide information on the shooting anonymously is asked by the Sheriff’s Department to call the “Crime Stoppers” hotline at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use a smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or use the website





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