Man Fatally Shot Outside Target Store in Van Nuys; 1 in Custody

A suspected gunman was taken into custody after a man working outside a Target store in Van Nuys was shot and killed Tuesday.

Police responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call around 5 a.m. in the intersection of Hatteras Street and Sepulveda Boulevard (map), according to Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Gottschalk.

Responding officers found a man in his 40s on the ground with gunshot wounds.

The victim was helping to pressure wash the parking structure prior to the shooting, according to Lt. Jim Gavin of the LAPD.

His coworkers were upstairs when they noticed the water pressure had dropped. When they returned to the truck, they found the victim with gunshot wounds and called police, Gavin said.

There was no sign of robbery or attempted robbery, according to Gavin, who added that the shooting appeared to be random, but was under investigation.

The victim, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died, according to Gavin.

The alleged shooter, believed to be in his 20s, resisted officers who used a “team takedown” to get him into custody, Gavin said.

“It appears that he may have been under the influence of something,” Gavin said of the alleged gunman.

There was no known motive for the shooting and it was unclear if the two men knew each other, Gavin said.

A gun and a knife were found at the scene, according to Gavin.

KTLA’s Ashely Soley-Cerro contributed to this story.

A man was shot near a Target parking garage in Van Nuys on July 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A man was shot near a Target parking garage in Van Nuys on July 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)


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