Man Sought in Fatal Shooting of Arleta Store Owner

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ARLETA, Calif. (KTLA) — Detectives on Thursday released an image of the man who allegedly shot and killed a wireless phone store owner outside his business in Arleta.

arleta-suspectIt happened on Monday night in the 8900 block of Woodman Avenue as Nester Hernandez, 34, was closing up for the night, Los Angeles police said.

Hernandez was shot four times and died at the scene.

“It’s apparent the shooter appears suddenly from the victim’s right,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.

“There’s no real confrontation, just an immediate assault.  It appears deliberate, and premeditated,” Vernon said.

Police did not release surveillance video out of respect for the victim’s family, but said it shows the alleged attacker clearly firing a shotgun.

Witnesses described the man as Hispanic and in his 30s.

witness-picHe was wearing an over-sized white jersey and a white baseball cap with a dark brim, police said.

Detectives also released a second image of a woman seen entering a tattoo shop immediately following the shooting.

They believe she was the nearest eyewitness to the shooting and would like to talk to her.

Anyone with information was asked to call Det. Efren Gutierrez, Mission Homicide Unit, at (818) 838-9948 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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