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Whittier fatal shooting: Suspect search under way

A map indicates the area near the 7800 block of Barnum Drive in Whittier where a man was shot to death on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (Google maps)

February 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
An investigation is under way after a man was shot to death in Whittier Friday, officials said.

Whittier police responded to a shooting in the 7800 block of Barnum Drive around 4:56 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found a man lying on the street with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots before they saw the victim lying in the street.

A Toyota pickup truck was seen speeding away from the scene. Whittier police officers found the truck abandoned in the 7100 block of Gretna Avenue and are now searching for the suspect or suspects responsible.

The man's identity was not released but officers say the victim was in his mid 20's.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the shooting was asked to contact Community Relations Officer Brad White at (562) 244-0045.