Detectives probe slaying of homeless man at Valley Village encampment

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VALLEY VILLAGE (CNS) - Detectives Sunday continued their investigation into the death of a man who was found shot to death in a Valley Village homeless encampment.

Officers dispatched at 8:05 a.m. Saturday to a "death investigation" call at Tujunga Avenue and Cumpston Street found a homeless encampment that encompassed the north sidewalk of Cumpston, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Officers also found what appeared to be a deceased man inside a tent.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department pronounced the 38-year- old man dead. He was believed to have been a local man experiencing homelessness. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Narcotics paraphernalia was found at the scene, leading investigators to initially believe that the death might have been an overdose. Subsequent investigation revealed that the victim suffered a gunshot wound.

Anyone with information about the death was asked to contact Valley Bureau homicide detectives at 818-374-9550. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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