Encino resident Harvey Cohen, 80, was shot and killed in his home early on Sept. 19.
As of Sept. 20, no suspects have been named in the shooting, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division is investigating the incident.
“They are doing a further investigation to conclude what kind of crime it is. As of right now, they don’t know,” LAPD Officer Sally Madera, said in a phone interview.
The LAPD did not release Cohen’s name, which was confirmed by the family. He was shot at least once, according to Madera, a public information officer.
The LAPD is not ruling out the possibility of more than one perpetrator being involved. That is “undetermined as of right now,” Madera said. She also said it was not yet known whether anything had been stolen from the residence.
Cohen is believed to have worked as an investment advisor – whether or not he was retired is unknown – from his home at 5305 Andasol Avenue. Several media outlets have reported that Cohen’s wife was inside the house when he was shot. The LAPD declined to confirm this.
LAPD received the call reporting the incident at approximately 2:30 a.m., and West Valley patrol officers arrived shortly thereafter.
According to ktla.com, Cohen’s wife, whose name has not been released by the LAPD, called authorities and described a “medical emergency, not a burglary or a robbery.” She explained that she’d been “awakened by some sort of noise, and that she [had] found her husband … on the kitchen floor of the San Fernando Valley home.” The victim “was shot once in the abdomen and was transported to a local hospital. He later died from his injuries,” according to the Daily News.
After police arrived at the home, their search of the crime scene led to a discovery of a “bullet casing” found near the victim, but no weapon, KTLA reported.