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Bryan Jerome Bowen, 27

Bryan Jerome Bowen, a 27-year-old black man, died Wednesday, March 21, after he was shot in the 300 block of West 101st Street in Broadway-Manchester, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 11:50 p.m. March 20, two men walked into a home and one pointed a gun at a man sitting on a couch before asking about a man “with the gold chains,” said Los Angeles Police Det. Nathan Kouri.

Bowen walked into the room and the man pointed the gun at him, Kouri said. Bowen tried to wrestle away the weapon, but the man shot him, police said.

The shooter’s accomplice fled, while other people in the home began to beat the gunman, later identified as Chizem Cassell, a 19-year-old black man, Kouri said.

Bowen was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:18 a.m. March 21, according to coroner’s records.

Cassell was briefly hospitalized before he was booked on suspicion of murder, police said.

Investigators also determined that before Cassell and the other man walked into the house, Cassell walked up to a man sitting in a parked car, pointed a gun at him and asked for money.

The man said he didn’t have any, and Cassell and his accomplice walked away.

It’s unclear why Cassell and the other man were in the neighborhood. Cassell’s accomplice was later identified as Tavarious Gammage, an 18-year-old black man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder April 18, according to online jail records.

Cassell has been charged with murder, attempted home invasion robbery, first-degree burglary and attempted robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Gammage has been charged with murder, attempted home invasion robbery, first-degree burglary and attempted robbery, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors also allege that the killing was committed for a gang during the commission of an attempted robbery and burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 786-5111. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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