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Adam Pacheco, 31

Adam Pacheco, a 31-year-old Latino man, was standing outside a club in the 1400 block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard when a man walked up and fatally shot him with a handgun at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

The shooting, which also left a 25-year-old woman wounded, took place near the intersection of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and San Juan Avenue as the Abbot Kinney Street Festival was winding down.

The woman was treated for her injuries and released. Authorities believe the two were shot after a dispute among attendees at the street fair. Pacheco was pronounced dead at a hospital after being shot several times.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives said they are looking for a suspect described as a Latino man in his late teens, about 5 feet 9, medium build, with shoulder-length dark hair and dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pacific Division detectives at (310) 482-6343.

—Andrew Blankstein


Pacheco's killing is being characterized by the LAPD as a "gang-retaliation shooting," in which he was targeted by a rival on a busy night on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. In response to a crush of online comments about the shooting, LAPD officials held a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 30, to dispel rumors surrounding the incident.

Pacheco, described by detectives as a local gang member, was standing outside the Other Room bar about 9:30 p.m. when a 17- or 18-year-old male Latino walked up to him and opened fire with a medium-caliber handgun, said Lt. John Romero.

The gunman, described as a male Latino of medium build and about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, was seen running east on San Juan Avenue, where he possibly got into a white sport utility vehicle. Pacheco was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he died about an hour after the shooting.

At least one of the gunshots missed Pacheco and hit a black female bystander in the face. The woman was treated at a hospital and released. Detectives believe she had nothing to do with the shooter or Pacheco.

—Richard Winton


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