Man Who Was Shot Before Apartment Fire Identified

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A 24-year-old man who was fatally shot inside a Valley Glen apartment that was then set on fire was identified Saturday.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s identified the victim as Trentin Harrell.

Fire crews were called just before 1 a.m. Thursday to 13833 W. Oxnard St. west of Woodman Avenue, where they found heavy flames coming from a first- floor unit of a 23,523-square-foot, 24-unit, two-story apartment building, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

It took 28 firefighters 22 minutes to extinguish the flames, and during a search of the building they discovered the victim’s body, said Humphrey.

Los Angeles police Detective Steve Castro told Fox11 neighbors heard several shots fired at the location and at least one masked suspect was seen at the apartment where Harrell was found. The suspect was also seen firing several shots toward the unit before running from the scene, he said.

“It’s too soon to tell but there is a good possibility that (the victim) was targeted,” Castro said.

The detective said police believe the fire was started to cover up the shooting.

According to reports from the scene, Harrell’s brother was also inside the apartment and jumped to safety. He later called police from a nearby 7- Eleven.

The bodies of two dogs were also recovered from the apartment.

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