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Man Fatally Shot in Ocean Park

By Lookout Staff

July 8 -- A 21-year-old Latino was shot and killed in Ocean Park early Saturday morning in what police believe was a gang-related shooting.

David Silva, a resident of Culver City, was shot in the torso with a small caliber handgun, as he walked with friends on Neilson Way at around 1:40 a.m., police said

The victim was driven to UCLA Medical Center by his friends, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival, said Lt. Alex Padilla, the Police Department spokesman.

Several shots were fired from what witnesses described as a silver or blue-four door vehicle headed northbound on Nielson Way, police said.

The suspects had been involved in an argument with the victim and his friends in a beach parking lot on the 2800 block of Nielson way, Padilla said.

The two groups of three or four male Hispanics had exchanged gang signs, he said.

Detectives are still trying to identify the involved gangs and the motive, Padilla said.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with additional information should call the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8427 (24 hours) or Detectives at (310) 458-8451 (M - F 8 AM - 5 PM).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (72463).








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