Investigation into O.C. homicide leads to apartment complex in Los Feliz

Police from Tustin were searching for a suspect Tuesday night at an apartment complex in Los Feliz. The suspect was believed to be connected to a homicide that occurred Sunday. (Colleen Shalby / Los Angeles Times)

Police from Orange County surrounded an apartment complex in Los Angeles on Tuesday night as part of a widening investigation into the killing of a 23-year-old man earlier this week.

At an apartment complex between Ambrose Avenue and Los Feliz Boulevard, investigators were searching for a suspect connected to the fatal shooting of Israel Corpus, according to Tustin police Lt. Robert Wright.

“At this point, no one is in custody,” Wright told The Times. “We’re following up on leads and hoping to find him at that location.”

Tustin Police Department authorities were joined by officers from Irvine, and a SWAT team was on hand, Wright said.

Witnesses said the Los Feliz apartments were evacuated after police arrived, and it appeared that officers were using a robot to coax a person out of one of the apartments. A loud explosion also rang out.

The complex is in a typically quiet residential area at the foot of Griffith Park. The throng of police late Tuesday was a spectacle for those walking dogs or coming home from work. However, the area has seen deadly violence: Earlier this year, an employee at a nearby gas station was shot and killed during a robbery.

Wright said police were investigating the gang-related slaying of Corpus that occurred Sunday about 4 p.m. in the 1600 block of Mitchell Avenue in Tustin.

Corpus was found with a gunshot wound outside an apartment complex. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

Multiple men in their 20s were suspected of carrying out the killing, and they fled the area after Corpus was hit, police said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Tustin police at (714) 573-3220.

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