Police identify Boyle Heights shooting victim

Police have identified the Boyle Heights man who was fatally shot on Thursday afternoon as 29-year-old Emmanuel Vargas. The LAPD provided more details of the shooting that took place near Fourth Street and Boyle Avenue at 3:30 p.m.

Detectives believe that the victim and his friend were waiting for another person in front of the victim’s apartment building when the suspect, armed with a handgun, walked towards Vargas and opened fire striking him multiple times.  The motive for the killing appears to be gang-related.

Thursday’s killing follows three other recent Boyle Heights homicides.. Persons with information about the shooting are asked to call Hollenbeck Division homicide detectives Kirkland or Garcia at (323) 342-8953 or (323) 342-8996.  Anonymous tips can bee called in to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477)

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