Fernando Sedano, 22
According to Hollenbeck Det. D.W. Fields, police had documented Sedano as a member of one of Hollenbeck's traditional, multi-generational Latino gangs. The police gave this version of the shooting: Sedano was out that night, robbing illegal immigrants. He committed at least one robbery, using a weapon, then attempted to commit another. But the target he chose, believed to be an adult male Latino immigrant, was armed. When Sedano tried to strong-arm him, the immigrant pulled out a gun and shot him, then fled the scene.
It was, by all appearances, a justifiable homicide, Fields said. The detective was not shocked by the incident. "A lot of people walking around here at 2 a.m. carry guns," he said.
Police are seeking more information. None of the robbery victims, including the one who shot him, called police. The situation highlights the problem of unreported crime in immigrant neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Fields said the robbery/victim shooter does not face arrest: Police just want to talk to him, and asked that he come forward. Hollenbeck detectives are at (323) 526-3009.