Father Of 4 Fatally Shot Near Westlake-Area Home

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A father of four was fatally shot Saturday morning near his Westlake-area home.

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The attack on Witmer Street near Third Street occurred about 12:15 a.m., said Los Angeles police Lt. Joy Smith.

The victim, who was later identified as 41-year-old Juan Barrajas, was apparently standing on the sidewalk with another male when a gold-colored vehicle drove by and shot at him.

According to police, Barrajas was hit in the upper torso and was taken to a hospital where he died.

Authorities do not believe the victim had gang affiliations, nor do they believe that he was the intended target.

Barrajas leaves behind a wife and four children, the eldest of which is 18.

Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to contact LAPD’s Rampart station at (213) 484-3400. All tips can be made anonymously.

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  • Melvin Blake

    Before, tax payers were feeding them 6 clothes, food, medical and other welfare. After, tax payers are going to pay only 5, but for good.

    • Lauri

      Before speaking, check things out. This man worked a steady job as a cashier for a large company. We are all going to miss him.
      He always had a smile for you and wished everyone well.

    • Jessenia Martinez

      You’re an idiot. Maybe you’ll get shot just standing on the corner and no one will care.

    • Cleveland Harris

      Melvin or whatever your real name is!

      I worked with Juan for 8 months and during that time, Juan, I called Him Juan Solo, was the most likeable person you could imagine.

      Always having a smile and always at work, working for His Family!

      God will judge your lack of sympathy and tact during this difficult time for their family.

      R.I.P. Juan, I am Soo Sad to see your picture on the news as a victim of the societal pressures we are all experiencing!


  • Maris

    He had balls.

    • JB

      Yeah! Now maybe his wife can get some rest.

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