Police were searching for a 29-year-old man suspected in the deaths of two men who were shot and killed Thursday morning in Panorama City.
A witness identified Angel Santana as one of two men involved in the double slaying at 6 a.m. outside the 7-Eleven at Roscoe and Sepulveda boulevards, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
There was a brief confrontation or exchange of words before the gunmen opened fire on the two men, who died at the scene, the release stated.
“We are still trying to piece together what motivated the shooting,” said Capt. Todd Chamberlain, of LAPD’s Mission Police Station. “But we do have enough to know this was not some random act. It appears there was some rivalry or animus between the groups.”
A third man, in his 50s, was also wounded. He was described as an associate of the victims and was cooperating with detectives.
Santana was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was missing his left eye and had tattoos over his left eyebrow, right jaw and right side of his neck.
“Santana is a known gang member and with his appearance, it won’t be easy for him to hide,” Chamberlain said.
Police said Santana was driving a tan 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck with a California license plate NO, 7U83839.
“We’ve already alerted CHP and the US Border Patrol to be on the lookout for Santana en route to or trying to cross the border,” Chamberlain said.
Anyone with information was urged to call Detective Gretchen Schultz at 818-838-9951. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at http://www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.