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Hunt for suspects who killed businessman

January 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The manhunt is on for two suspects who shot and killed a well-known businessman in Torrance.Torrance police received a shots fired call at 10:50 a.m. Thursday inside A&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 from his injuries 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.

Witnesses said they thought the gunshots were construction noises coming from next door, where 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.

Police are looking for two suspects, described as Hispanic males both wearing what appeared to be hooded sweatshirts. No further details on the suspects were available.

While one of the shooting victims continues to fight for his life, Sam is remembered as someone who had no enemies and a very good man.

"Like a father figure to everybody, you know what I mean?" Kramer said. "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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