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Man shot to death near Glendale Galleria

July 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was shot to death in an SUV at a strip mall near the Glendale Galleria Wednesday morning.The man was found in the parking lot in front of an Allstate Insurance office in the 300 block of West Colorado Street and South Central Avenue.

The crime is the first murder of the year for the city of Glendale.

Authorities say the victim was sitting in an SUV when a gunman walked up to the driver's side door and opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun

The victim is said to be a man in his 40s. He was hit numerous times as bullets blew out the car windows, and then impacted on a metal grade across the parking lot. The victim died instantly. Glendale police say they immediately got a flood of 911 calls.

"Within a minute-and-a-half we had our first officer on scene. He encountered this vehicle behind us, a black SUV with the windows blown out. He found a male inside with multiple gunshot wounds," said Sgt. Tom Lorenz, Glendale Police Department.

Sgt. Lorenz said numerous witnesses heard or saw the shooting.

The gunman, described as a male African-American, continued shooting as he began walking away from the car and one bullet hit the Allstate office. Investigators say there were employees in the insurance office at the time.

"I understand they were diving for cover. They were pretty hysterical. I would be too in that situation, being cut off guard and they did make some phone calls asking for help," said Sgt. Lorenz.

Witnesses told police that after the barrage of at least six shots, the gunman jumped over a wall and into a blue car driven by another African-American male.

"It is definitely what we believe a Ford, American made, blue in color," said Lorenz.

The victim has not been identified. Detectives say they did not immediately have a motive, but they hope to know more once they speak with the victim's friends and relatives.

We do not know if this is an attempt robbery. We do not know if this is a domestic related incident or business deal gone bad. Frankly, we do not know. It's a 'who done it,'" said Lorenz.

Police believe the victim may have been targeted.

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