Shooting Victim at World Trade Center Identified

A man found fatally shot in a parked car at the World Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles has been identified as a real estate specialist for the federal government who worked in the office tower.

Gilbert Wesley Luker, 51, an employee of the General Services Administration, was slumped over the steering wheel of his blue Chevrolet Corsica when he was discovered at 3:10 p.m. Monday by a federal drug agent.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the GSA and other federal agencies have offices in the 10-story tower on South Figueroa Street near 3rd Street. Federal officials were concerned that Luker may have been killed by someone who mistook him for a drug agent, said DEA spokesman Ralph Lochridge, but Police Detective Addison Arce said that no motive has been established. Luker, a resident of El Toro, had been shot “numerous” times and was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, Arce said.