Man Fatally Shot in Front of Complex

A 27-year-old carpet cleaner from Van Nuys was shot to death early Sunday morning on the sidewalk in front of a North Hills apartment complex, police said.

Detectives had no suspect, motive or witnesses in the 5 a.m. shooting death of Oscar Villarino at the corner of Chase and Orion streets, said Detective Tom Broad of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Homicide detectives suspect that a dispute between Villarino and a known assailant may have led to the shooting, Broad said. No one in the apartment complex where Villarino's body was found came forward with information about the shooting, he added.

Villarino was shot several times in the chest, Broad said.

"He doesn't seem to be a bad man," Broad said. "He worked every day and didn't have a lot of problems. We're trying to piece together a story."

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