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Victim of Ventura Blvd. Shooting Identified

Raul Lopez, 38, was an employee of Hoagies & Wings in Sherman Oaks.

Police today identified the victim of at as Raul Lopez, 38, who was a cook for the restaurant. 

Police are still looking for multiple suspects involved in the shooting, who remain at large.

Lopez was shot in the 14500 block of Ventura Boulevard, just west of Van Nuys Boulevard, about 11:10 p.m. Friday, said Los Angeles police Lt. Jim Gavin of the Van Nuys Station.

Lopez was working inside his place of business when an argument began between him and a suspect, who had brought along four other friends, according to a department statement.

Lopez picked up a chair and forced the suspect and his four friends out of the door with it, police said. Once the men were outside, Lopez reportedly looked up to see the suspect remove a handgun from his clothing.

The suspect fired one shot striking Lopez in the chest. Police said witnesses told them the suspects fled the scene in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle, possibly a black Cadillac Escalade, parked on Vesper Ave.

Paramedics rushed Lopez to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:02 a.m.

The gunman was described as a black man with a skinny build and short hair, about 5 foot-6 inches tall.

Lopez has been described by patrons as the father of five.

Anyone with information can contact Van Nuys Division at (818) 374-9500 or Van Nuys Homicide Detectives at (818) 374-0040 during normal business hours.

Those persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact 877 ASK-LAPD [877-275-5273]

Skraeling July 02, 2012 at 06:07 PM
You can thank our politicians for the rapid decline in S.O. and Studio City and the rapid rise of crimes of all kinds in the South Valley...Thanks to Gruel, Krekorian and the rest, the "unwelcome" people who once resided downtown are now being moved to the Valley since the interests downtown have decided to allow developers to do whatever they want. Now, since Wachs left the Council, we have developers building massive projects, calling them condos, getting tax benefits , then, when they dont; sell, after a very weak effort, are converted to apartments and ripe for Sec. 8...look at the area of Vineland and Moorpark...a cesspool of abandoned furniture, garbage lined streets, graffitti, grocery carts, unenforced parking and driving regs....that is the future of the Valley.....but, downtown is now "gentrified"....this is not racial issue, it is a drug, violence issue..and we lay cops off and write more laws to protect low lives at the expense of genuine tax payers....LA is not what it was...now, it is becoming Detroit by the Sea.
Larry On Lankershim July 04, 2012 at 08:10 AM
If anyone else comes to read this thread. At the Daily News there is additional information about the other four suspects and there are two suspects depicted in images from a security camera. You can see it at: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21001608/5-men-wanted-questioning-fatal-shooting-at-sherman Larry on Lankershim
Paul July 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
That's what you're concerned with..? Comment like that HAS to be from a white person.. Instead of seeing the incredible injustice to this man who was working 2 jobs to support his family.... " too close for your comfort'' Go back to your Lilly white.. fantasy world and get a grip..!
Mightyfancy July 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
This is truly sad.. I send my condolences to the family of this man... As far as this area being the slum; that strip doesn't seem to be too slummy to me. However as another person posted earlier, this could happen anywhere. Instead of people fleeing stay and become a PRODUCTIVE person in your community. It doesn't matter where you run to violence is everywhere. And I find it hard to believe that marijuana played a part in this terrible crime. Stop assuming and spreading false rumors and start trying to reach these children and young adults to keep them from going down the wrong path. Remember, when you point the finger at someone else there are four more pointing back at YOU.
anne September 15, 2012 at 06:38 AM
ventura blvd will never be a ghetto. bad things can happen in good areas. example, people get shot and killed in south central and east la multiple times a month. it just doesnt make the news as much, this made the news because it's sherman oaks. its the unfortunate way of the world.

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