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Hollywood resident dead after men kick in his door and shoot him, police say

Hollywood resident dead after men kick in his door and shoot him, police say
Two men have been taken into custody following a killing in Hollywood on Thursday night. (Los Angeles Times)

Two men are in custody and one man is dead in what Los Angeles police said was a targeted killing in Hollywood on Thursday night.

"They basically kicked in the door, shot the guy and left," said Officer Aareon Jefferson.

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About 11 p.m. two men burst into Brian Delatorre's apartment in the 1500 block of Wilcox Avenue and one of the two men opened fire, striking Delatorre, Jefferson said.

Delatorre, 21, jumped out of his first-story apartment window into an alley, where officers found him. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The two gunmen, meanwhile, ran off, Jefferson said. Later that night officers found two men who matched the descriptions of Delatorre's killers about two blocks away, at Selma and Ivar avenues, and took them into custody, Jefferson said. The men have not been arrested and are being interviewed by detectives.

A motive for the killing has not been determined, but officers speculated it could be gang-related, Jefferson said.

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