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Hawthorne garage owner shot to death

March 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A murder mystery in Hawthorne, where a garage and body shop owner has been shot to death.Employees at his body shop and smog station say they heard shots Thursday about 6 p.m., ran to the front of the garage and found the victim sitting in a chair.

The man, identified so far only as "Vicente," had been shot several times and money was found on the floor of his office.

L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies haven't determined if robbery was the motive for the shooting.

The victim is Hispanic, in his late 30s, and according to neighbors was very popular with residents and other business owners.

Anyone with information is urged to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.


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