WOODLAND HILLS—A male, 37, was murdered during a shooting at his home in the 4900 block of Medina Drive on Tuesday, September 19, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD is investigating the case and the investigation has revealed that the victim might have known his assailants.
“After examining the crime scene, it appears the victim knew his assailants,” said Capt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Topanga Patrol Division, in the press release. “We aren’t sure, yet, what’s behind this man’s shooting, but cases like this often stem from business or domestic disputes.”
The victim had been at his home located at 4929 Medina Drive with his wife and young daughter. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots around 11:50 p.m. The shooting occurred outside the victim’s home, but on the victim’s property. His wife and daughter stayed inside and were not targeted by the assailants.
“The shooting started as the victim stepped out his front door. He had ordered a pizza delivery, and we think he thought the bell from the driveway gate was the deliveryman.
Capt. Vernon informed Canyon News that no suspects have been identified. Also, that the Robbery Homicide Division is now in charge of the case since the case is expected to need more resources and efforts than is available at the local police level.
“Tips from acquaintances of the victim often break cases like these,” Capt. Vernon said in the press release. “So we’re hoping some person in-the-know might come forward soon and point us in the right direction.”
Anyone with information can call Detective John Duerbecker at the Valley Bureau Homicide Unit at (818) 374-1943, and during non-business hours or weekends at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527_3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters can vist www.lapdonline.org and click “Anonymous Web Tops” under the “Set Involve-Crime Stoppers” tab, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app on their cell phone and select LA Regional Crime Stoppers as the local program.