MOUNT WASHINGTON (CBSLA.com) — Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who’s charred body was discovered in a burned out SUV early Thursday morning in Mount Washington.
Police received a call around 2 a.m. that a Ford Explorer was on fire in the 4800 block of Marmion Way, near Joy Street.
The body was found in the driver’s seat after firefighters extinguished the fire, police said. He had apparently been shot.
Investigators said the man had other signs of trauma and they are trying to determine how he died.
“Detectives will have a lot of follow up as far as canvasing the area, see if there is any cameras nearby that may have picked up a vehicle, if there was one, leaving,” said Capt. Joseph Hiltner of the LAPD.
Prior to the fire, police received a call about shots fired in the area.
“Approximately 20 minutes earlier around 1:38 in the morning, there was a call of shots heard over in the Sycamore Park area. We’re not sure if it’s related to this, but we are investigating that as a potential part of the crime,” Hiltner said.
The car is registered to a resident of a home in the neighborhood.
Anyone with information should call the LAPD or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.