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LAPD searches for neighbor shooting suspect

August 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles police are searching for the suspect involved in a fatal neighbor shooting in Jefferson Park Monday evening.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. on the 2600 block of Longwood Avenue near Adams Boulevard. Some kind of neighbor dispute sparked the shooting, officials said.

"We don't know what led up to it, whether it was a neighbor dispute or some type of dispute," said Comm. Andrew Smith from LAPD. "We got reports that a couple of individuals had gotten onto a person's property and ended up shooting that individual."

The victim was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries. Police aren't releasing the victim's name but say he is around 45 years old. A friend of the victim told Eyewitness News that he was a Marine.

SWAT officers were called to the scene for seven hours in an attempt to apprehend the shooting suspect. They determined the suspect was not barricaded inside the home and had fled the scene and

"We had our police dog run around the outside and check all the areas in the neighborhood to see if the suspects were hiding in or around the neighborhood, and did not find them," said Smith. "We believe at this time the suspects have fled."

Homicide investigators interviewed people in the neighborhood. On neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she didn't see who was responsible but heard the shots fired.

"I thought it may have been fireworks or firecrackers," she said. "After that I heard a car speed down the street."

Police are searching for one suspect, and possibly an additional person of interest. They believe the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle.

Authorities have not released a description of the suspect or vehicle. If you have any information, call the LAPD at 877-LAPD-24-7.

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