19-year-old found shot to death in Newbury Park; killer at large

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (KABC) -- A search is on for a killer after a 19-year-old man was fatally shot near a Newbury Park condominium complex.

Ventura County sheriff's officials received a call about shots fired and a person down near the 500 block of Avenida Del Platino around 11:15 p.m. Thursday.

The victim was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the middle of the street.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was described as a Thousand Oaks resident.

"That's horrible. That is sick. It's unbelievable. People have got to be careful," said resident Mike Clarke.

Detectives did not have a description of the suspect, but in the crowded community of condominiums, they're hoping they can find someone who saw something.

"That's part of the investigation," said Sgt. Eric Buschow. "We have detectives who are canvassing this neighborhood. There are a lot of people who live here. There's about 450 condos in this neighborhood, so that's part of the investigation -- looking into the victim's background and anybody in the area who saw or heard anything."

Authorities said there's been some gang activity in the neighborhood.

Chris Zyhailo, a resident in the neighborhood, said he's seen gang tags pop up on mailboxes in recent months. "Besides that, it's been relatively quiet," he said.

The investigation was ongoing. If you have any information about this case, you're urged to contact Detective Sgt. Steve Jenkins at (805) 384-4727.

You can also submit anonymous tips by contacting Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 in reward money for information that leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person responsible for this crime.
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