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21-Year-Old Man Killed In Angelino Heights Shooting

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 21-year-old man suffered fatal injuries in a shooting in Angelino Heights.

The attack in the 1000 block of North Kensington Road was reported about 1:40 a.m., according to Los Angeles police Lt. Wes Buhrmester.

Although the circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately clear, police did say that the victim — identified as Etsael “Tito” Cardenas — was found inside a vehicle.

Police do not believe the victim was a gang member. A motive for the murder was also unclear.

Witnesses heard two gunshots. One reportedly struck the victim in the heart.

Family members told Louisa Hodge, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, that Cardenas’ wallet and cell phone were also found on him ruling out robbery as a motive.

Cardenas was rushed to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

A tearful Daisy Cardenas — one of the man’s four sisters — said, “I just want to know who did this … and why?”

She also said her brother was not into gangs. “He was not the kind of person who would hang around with gangsters. That was not him.”

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