Richard Daniel Aukschun, a 44-year-old Armenian man, was shot and killed Friday, June 2, in the 15700 block of Saticoy Street in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 3 p.m., Aukschun confronted a 26-year-old man who was spray-painting graffiti on the side of an automotive repair shop, Los Angeles Police Det. Gabe Bucknell said. The two argued, and the 26-year-old walked away.
The man came back about five minutes later with a gun and chased Aukschun around the body shop, Bucknell said. The gunman cornered Aukschun in a storage closet and shot him point-blank, Bucknell said.
Officers found Aukschun on the ground inside the shop, bleeding from the upper torso, police said. He was pronounced dead at 3:31 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The gunman ran away on Haskell Avenue, police said.
Police identified the shooter as Abraham Soltero, a ...
Andrew Patsukevich, a 37-year-old Armenian man, was killed Sunday, Nov. 6, in the 7400 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 10 p.m., Los Angeles police officers responded to a call of a carjacking in the area and found Patsukevich on the ground and his wife standing next to him, police said.
Police determined that Patsukevich and his wife were in a green Lexus sedan driving north on Sepulveda Boulevard when a man on a bike rode toward the Lexus, police said.
Patsukevich honked at the cyclist, who slammed the windshield of the Lexus with his fist. Patsukevich got out of the car and the man on the bike punched him in the face, jumped in the car and hit the accelerator, police said.
Patsukevich’s wife jumped out of the car, but her husband held on to ...
Ian James Samuel Jr., a 19-year-old black man, was fatally shot Sunday, Oct. 23, in the 6400 block of Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 11:30 p.m., Samuel was standing on a sidewalk when a person walked up to him and shot him, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dave Peteque. Samuel ran a short distance before collapsing on the front porch of a home.
Samuel was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.
Peteque declined to elaborate on a possible motive but said that Samuel was targeted.
“We don’t feel like this was a straight-out random shooting,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Peteque at (818) 374-1934. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Carlota Angelica Vargas, a 70-year-old Latina, died Monday, Oct. 10, after she was pushed out a second-story window and beaten in the 7400 block of Hazeltine Avenue in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 3 a.m., officers responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon at an apartment complex. When police arrived, they found Vargas on the ground in the driveway of an apartment complex, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Vargas had injuries to her face, police said.
The suspect, identified by police as Vargas’ son, Fernando Vargas, a 31-year-old Latino, was also suffering from a leg injury.
Police said the son threw his mother out of a second story window, then jumped out of the window and began to beat her. Vargas was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead at ...