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L.A. Police Continue to Investigate Venice Killing

No arrests have been made in the shooting death of 23-year-old Venice resident Oscar Duncan.

Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives continued their investigation Wednesday into the shooting death of 23-year-old Venice resident Oscar Duncan.

Duncan was shot and killed Monday night in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue and his slaying is being investigated as a gang shooting, said Sgt. Craig Brown of the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division.

Duncan, a 2006 graduate of Venice High School, had no gang affilliations. The talented dancer and singer was a youth pastor with a church in Compton, was a former "Youth of the Year" at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice and for the past five years had worked at the club as a mentor and counselor who helped steer youths away from gangs.

LAPD West Bureau Homicide Detectives have asked the public's help in providing any information that would lead to an arrest. There was no description of the suspects and detectives believe that four men in a white, mid-sized sedan approached Duncan before the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call West Bureau Homicide, Detectives at 213-382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Max Bean June 07, 2012 at 01:48 PM
so sad. venice has lost one of the good ones.
Another WorldView June 08, 2012 at 12:23 PM
More HOUSED-on-HOUSED crime - where is Mark Ryavec to demand collective punishment for the HOUSED in our community!?! I'm not sure that "they" like to be called "good ones" either - though he certainly seems like he was a very decent and respectable young man.

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