Elderly man killed, suspects on the run in Encino shooting

The search is on for two suspects after an 80-year-old man and longtime resident of Encino was shot dead, police said. 

The victim was identified by authorities as Stuart Herman.

Officers were called to the 4500 block of Densmore Avenue, located near Ventura Boulevard and the 405 Freeway around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for reports of an assault with a deadly weapon.

According to investigators, the two victims returned home after shopping and reportedly got into a physical altercation with the two suspects. 

The second victim, Herman’s brother-in-law in his 60s, confronted a suspect but was pistol-whipped. He attempted to render aid to his brother-in-law. However, Herman was pronounced dead by authorities at the scene. 

Authorities said there was no sign of forced entry and that the home was ransacked. 

The name of the second victim has not been released. 

The suspects fled in a white SUV in an unknown direction. Anyone with information is urged to contact the LAPD. 

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