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Homeless Man, 26, Shot and Killed on Venice Beach Boardwalk

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A  26-year-old homeless man was shot and killed early Sunday morning and another man was wounded after a fight on the Venice Beach boardwalk escalated, authorities said.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division responded to a radio call of assault with a deadly weapon with shots fired about 2 a.m. to the 300 block of Ocean Front Walk, said police Officer Norma Eisenman from a statement.

Witnesses directed police to a black male in his 20s suffering from a gunshot wound and also to a second black male in his 40s with a gunshot wound to his leg, Eisenman said.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles City Fire Department pronounced the younger victim dead at the scene. The second gunshot victim was taken to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition.

“It appears the incident is the result of some kind of altercation between local residents on the boardwalk,” Eisenman said. “The altercation escalated to shots fired with one dead and one wounded.”

The shooting occurred near the Cadillac Hotel in an area where the homeless regularly congregate at a gazebo on the boardwalk.

The suspect in the case was identified as an Hispanic male and was last seen driving southbound on Speedway in a black SUV, Eisenman said.

Neighbors in the area identified the homicide victim by his nickname Shakespeare who worked at a nearby restaurant and was known for his kindness.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as homeless and had not yet identified his next of kin, said Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner’s office.

-Venice Dispatch

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