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Hector Elio Espinoza, 18

Hector Espinoza, an 18-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Thursday, Aug. 11, in the 7900 block of White Oak Avenue in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

LAPD West Valley officers responded to an assault call about 7:20 p.m. and discovered Espinoza's body. He had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 26-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her upper body was also found seated in a parked car nearby at White Oak Avenue north of Stagg Street. Paramedics rushed her to a hospital, where she is listed in critical condition. Detectives have not released her name.

Homicide detectives have not determined a motive for the shootings, and no weapons were recovered at the scene.

Police are asking the public to contact them with information at (818) 374-7720. After hours or weekends, call (877) 527-3247. Tipsters who'd like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Richard Winton

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