L.A. County Sheriff’s homicide investigators are still searching for clues in this weekend’s fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man in the parking lot of a popular restaurant on Washington Boulevard in Marina del Rey.
Deputies found Christopher Rothschild Cleveland dead of a single gunshot wound to the torso outside Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks at around 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, Sheriff’s homicide Det. Peter Hecht said.
Investigators believe that Cleveland has family who live locally and do not believe at this time that Cleveland was the victim of a gang killing.
Hecht said bystanders who initially discovered Cleveland’s body tried to revive him with CPR.
“There are several witnesses that we’re talking to, some from before [the shooting] and after it happened. It’s still early in the investigation,” Hecht said.
Deputies from the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call about an assault with a deadly weapon, deputy Crystal Hernandez said.
Cleveland’s murder is the first to happen in Marina del Rey since December 2013, when a security guard at the Shores apartments was shot to death during the commission of a burglary. A former security guard who had worked with the victim was convicted of murder this year.
Anyone with information about Cleveland’s murder is asked to call the Sherriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
— Gary Walker