A man found shot to death on a trail in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Northeast Los Angeles was publicly identified Sunday.
Jason Cortez Nativi, 29, was a Virginia resident, according to the coroner’s office. An autopsy was pending.
The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call just before 3:30 p.m. Friday from a person who discovered the man now identified as Nativi unresponsive and not breathing on a paved trail north of the park’s picnic grounds, the department’s Brian Humphrey said.
The LAFD dispatcher instructed the caller to perform lifesaving measures on the man as paramedics were sent to the scene.
LAFD paramedics took over resuscitation attempts once they arrived, but found the man was beyond help and declared him dead at the scene, Humphrey said.
While administering CPR, paramedics discovered the man appeared to have suffered an unspecified wound, and cordoned off the area to allow for a Los Angeles Police Department investigation, Humphrey said.
LAPD detectives arrived and determined the man was killed by a gunshot wound, though it was not known when the shooting occurred, Officer Rosario Cervantes said.