Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who killed 23-year old Oscar Duncan, a Venice resident.
On Monday, June 4, 2012, at 10:30 p.m., Pacific Area Officers responded to a call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue, in Venice. When the officers arrived, they found Duncan lying on the roadway with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics transported Duncan to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Detectives believe that a white vehicle, no further description, approached Duncan as he was walking on Santa Clara Avenue, just before 10:30 p.m. The vehicle stopped in the roadway near Duncan when one of the occupants shot Duncan as he stood in the roadway.
The motive for this shooting is unknown. There is no description on the suspects at this time.
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.
What Venice lost with Oscars death… from the bio on his Tumblr page
“While he is an extremely talented young man, he does not forget where he comes from and gives back to his community the best he knows how. In 2006, he received the Youth of the Year Award from the Boys and Girls Club of America, Venice, for his outstanding leadership skills. He has since gone back to work at the Boys and Girls Club as the Teen Assist Coordinator/Audio Engineer Programer, Teaching & empowering youth through music.”
6:47 a.m. Just talked to the Watch Commander. Still no word on suspects other than 4 male blacks in an older model white Honda.
UPDATE: Victim was approximately 23 yrs old, name of Oscar Duncan. Worked at boys/girls club on Lincoln and did church outreach in Compton. Heunfortunately did not survive his gunshot wounds. Pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital. No word on suspects.
Twitter is lighting up as people who knew Oscar Duncan respond to his unfortunate death. He belived in God, was vocal about the church and not being in gangs. Many are commenting about his leadership. A life taken too soon. His twitter account was @jusoscarduncan
At 10:30 calls came out for a shooting at the 600 block of Santa Clara. The report was for one shot fired, male victim down on the ground. Many units responded and an LAPD airship was called, but they were tied up elsewhere. Witnesses at the scene reported a white vehicle speeding away from the scene. Initial reports were the vehicle contained 4 male black gang members. Later witnesses said they did not see the occupants of the vehicle, described as an older model white Honda. When I arrived at the scene a witness who had rendered aid to the victim said he was shot in the head. Radio calls from initial police at the scene had him shot in the chest, and unresponsive, not breathing. The mother of the victim was at the scene and was going to follow along to the hospital. Comments at scene were that the victim was 20 years old, and was a good kid – may have worked at the boys/girls club and/or been involved in the church, but that the shooting was “most definitely gang related” based on the suspects actions.