Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities are asking for your help in finding the killer of a 46-year-old man in North Hills who died after being chased by a group of people drinking in front of an apartment building.

The shooting occurred at about 3:10 a.m. Saturday in the 8500 block of Langdon Street as the victim was out for an early morning walk before arguing with his killers, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Officers responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon and found the victim — identified by the coroner’s office as Samuel Cuevas of Arleta — on the front porch of a home, police said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police say he was walking east on Chase Street from Orion Avenue when he passed a group of people who were drinking in front of an apartment complex on the south side of Chase Street.

“The group exchanged words with the victim then chased (him) eastbound on Chase Street and north on Langdon Avenue,” according to a police statement. “The suspects caught up with the victim in a private driveway, where one of the suspects fatally shot (him).”

The suspects, four men in their early 20s and a female whose approximate age wasn’t available, fled west on Chase Street and were last seen entering a black Lincoln Town Car.

It was not clear if the shooting was related to a fatal drive-by shooting that occurred at about 4 a.m. Saturday just four blocks away in the 15500 block of Nordhoff Street.

In that case, the driver of a dark-colored, four-door vehicle going eastbound on Nordhoff Street slowed nearly to a stop and fired two shots toward two people walking home from a local store, police said.

One of the targeted victims, a man in his 30s, was struck and died at a hospital, according to the LAPD.

Those shooting victims’ names have not been released.

Anyone with information about either of the killings was urged to call Detective John Doerbecker of the LAPD’s Valley Homicide Bureau at (818) 374- 1941. After-hours and weekend calls can be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be supplied by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

–City News Service

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