21-year-old, fatally shot in Hollywood, leaps out window to escape

A 21-year-old man was shot to death late Thursday, May 18, 2017, in an apartment building on Wilcox Avenue near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. (Google Earth)
A 21-year-old man was shot to death late Thursday, May 18, 2017, in an apartment building on Wilcox Avenue near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. (Google Earth)

HOLLYWOOD — Authorities today identified a man who was fatally shot in his Hollywood apartment, and detectives detained and questioned two possible suspects.

The shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. Thursday at an apartment building in the 1500 block of Wilcox Avenue, said Sgt. Mark Cohan of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Station. Brian Delatorre, 21, died at a hospital.

Two men entered the building and kicked in Delatorre’s door before shooting him, LAPD Lt. John Radtke told reporters at the scene. The victim jumped out of his apartment window to avoid the gunmen, Radtke said.

“When officers arrived, they found the victim lying in an alley next to (the) apartment building suffering from a gunshot wound,” a police statement said.

The two suspects fled on foot and apparently sought refuge in a nearby nightclub, which was evacuated. The men were detained nearby, Radke said.

The suspects were taken to the LAPD Hollywood Station for questioning. The shooting is possibly gang related and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Wilcox Avenue was closed from Sunset Boulevard and Selma Avenue for the investigation. Anyone with more information on the case was urged to call police at (213) 382-9470, or (877) LAPD-247.

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