NORTH HILLS (CNS) – Police are asking for the public’s help track down whoever shot and killed a 46-year-old man walking in North Hills.
The shooting took place about 3:10 a.m. Saturday in the 8500 block of Langdon Street, according to Los Angeles police.
Officers responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon and found the victim — identified by the coroner’s office as Samuel Cuevas of Arleta — on the front porch of a home, police said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Police say he was walking east on Chase Street from Orion Avenue when he passed a group of people who were drinking in front of an apartment complex on the south side of Chase Street.
“The group exchanged words with the victim, then chased (him) eastward on Chase Street and north on Langdon Avenue,” according to a police statement.
“The suspects caught up with the victim in a private driveway, where one of the suspects fatally shot (him).”
The suspects, four men in their early 20s and a female, fled west on Chase Street and were last seen entering a black Lincoln Town Car.
It was not clear if the shooting was related to a fatal drive-by shooting that occurred at about 4 a.m. Saturday just four blocks away in the 15500 block of Nordhoff Street. In that case, the driver of a dark four-door vehicle going eastbound on Nordhoff Street slowed nearly to a stop and fired two shots toward two people walking home from a local store, police said. A man in his 30s was struck and died at a hospital. His name has not been released.
Anyone with information about either of the killings was urged to call Detective John Doerbecker of the LAPD’s Valley Homicide Bureau at (818) 374- 1941. Tipsters can call (877) LAPD-24-7 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be submitted anonymously.