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2 shot in Torrance business, 1 dead

January 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A 78-year-old man has been shot and killed inside a Torrance business. Another man was wounded in the same attack. The shooting took place late Thursday morning and Torrance police are still going after who did it and why. Torrance police got the call at 10:50 a.m. that shots were fired insideA&A Garage Doors.

"Upon arrival they saw that two persons had been shot," said Torrance Police Sergeant Bernard Anderson. "Both were immediately transported to Harbor General and we are in the process of an ongoing investigation as this point."

One of the victims was 78-year-old Salvatore "Sam" Burrescia of Long Beach, who died earlier Thursday afternoon.

The second victim, according to those who know Sam and are employees of the business, was his son. He is expected to survive, according to Torrance police.

According to witnesses, they thought the gunshots were construction noises coming from next door with some remodeling work going on.

"We were in there working, putting away our produce and stuff, and you know, you just hear the banging from the construction work and what you think is nail guns and hammers and apparently it was something totally different," said Chad Kramer, who was working next door.

Torrance Police are looking for two suspects. They're described as Hispanic males both wearing what appeared to be hooded sweatshirts. While one of the shooting victims continues to fight for his life, the one who did not make it, Sam, is remembered as someone who had no enemies, a very good man.

"Like a father figure to everybody, you know what I mean?" said Kramer. "He just comes in, gets food all the time, and he looks after everybody, a kind-hearted guy, never takes advantage of anybody and is always there for anyone who needs help."

The Torrance Police Department is asking for your help in this case. If you have any information on the suspects involved in this shooting, you are urged to call the homicide division at (310) 618-5570.


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