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A gunshot wound to the head: LAPD elite squad investigates man's killing in Hollywood Hills garage

A man’s body was found Tuesday afternoon in a Hollywood Hills parking garage with a single gunshot wound to the head, prompting a murder investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite detective unit.

Officers were called to the 3600 block of Barham Boulevard near the Cahuenga Pass just before 1:30 p.m., said Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman.

On the floor of an apartment complex’s parking garage, officers found the body of a man between the ages of 30 and 35, Im said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Im said. Detectives have ruled out suicide.

“There was enough evidence to establish that a murder occurred,” Im said.

The case was turned over to the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, an elite unit that often handles high-profile crimes. Police did not provide an explanation as to why the unit took on the investigation.

The man’s name was not released pending notification of his family members, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said late Tuesday.

Before Tuesday’s slaying, two people had been killed in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood during the previous 12 months, according to data compiled by The Times’ Homicide Report database.

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11:00 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details on the crime and updated comments from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

7:40 p.m.: This article was updated with additional circumstances about the discovery of the body in a parking garage.

6:05 p.m.: This article was updated with confirmation that the case was turned over to the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division.

This article was originally published at 5:30 p.m.

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