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GARDENA POLICE DEPARTMENT
1718 West 162nd Street, Gardena, California 90247
Phone: 310-217-9670
Fax: 310-217-9638
Female Injured in Shooting
On April 10th 2007, shortly after 8:00 AM, officers responded to a radio call of a shooting in the 2600
block of Marine Avenue. Information contained in the initial call indicated that a female had been
shot.
Upon officers’ arrival, they located the victim, who is a thirty-seven year old Gardena resident. The
victim had a large amount of glass embedded in her face. The victim told the officers that she had
just returned home from dropping her children off at school. As she was parking her car in front of
her residence, the victim heard what sounded like a shot being fired. The victim then looked to her
left, and saw the suspect pointing a gun in her direction. The victim said that the suspect then fired
another shot, which struck the glass portion of the driver’s side window of her car.
After the suspect fired the second shot, witnesses saw him run in an easterly direction along Marine
Avenue. The suspect was then seen to enter the passenger door of a car, which was being driven
slowly eastbound on Marine Avenue. The car, which was occupied by two other males, sped away
after Rizo entered it.
The victim knew the suspect who shot her. The victim said that the suspect is her daughter’s exboyfriend,
Ruben Rizo. Rizo has made threats to harm the victim’s daughter in the recent past.
During the investigation it was learned that Rizo frequented the area of 154th Street and Cimarron
Avenue. Officers checked that area, and located Rizo. Rizo, who is eighteen years of age, was
arrested for attempted murder. Also arrested at that location and charged with attempted murder
were Andrew Acosta, eighteen years of age, and Nicolas Boligan, who is also eighteen years of age.
All three are residents of Gardena.
The firearm used in the commission of this crime was recovered at the location of Rizo’s arrest.
The victim was treated at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire personnel, and then transported to a
local hospital for further medical treatment. Her injuries were limited to the glass that struck her face,
and the injury is not considered life threatening. In the victim’s car at the time of the shooting was a
four-month-old infant, who was not injured in the shooting. The wall to the victim’s residence was
also damaged in the shooting.
The Detective Bureau of the Gardena Police Department is investigating this crime.
Lieutenant Robert Michaelsen
07-2398
Edward Medrano, Chief of Police

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