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Starz Strip Club Manager Killed In 110 Freeway Shooting

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The manager of a Gardena strip club was shot to death on the 110 freeway early on Thursday morning. Ivan Spencer, 55, of Rolling Hills, was on his way home from work at Starz strip club when he was shot. He managed to call 911 at about 2:35 a.m., but died after being rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, reports the LA Daily News. He had multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, and had crashed his Toyota Prius into the center divider.

Spencer lived with his girlfriend, Samantha Sanson, and had two daughters. Sanson is the owner of Starz, where Spencer worked for 15 years. Employees of the club told the Daily Breeze that Spencer was a nice man who did not drink, smoke, or gamble. LA Police Detective Sal LaBarbera, who is working on the case, said that there had been no fights or arguments at Starz on Wednesday night.

Yesterday investigators believed that the shooting was a random act of violence, but they told the LA Times today that Spencer may have been intentionally targeted.

Coworkers told KTLA that Spencer had a routine, leaving every night around 2:30, which is why the murder may have been premeditated. Detective LaBarbera hesitated to give any more information, simply saying that he and other detectives are working on tips and interviewing employees and patrons of the club.

This is not the first time that Starz has seen violence outside its doors. Seven years ago, a man was shot to death as he drove away from the club, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Police solved the case.

 

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