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Charles Allen Wilson, 54

Charles Allen Wilson, a 54-year-old black man, was shot and killed Monday, May 18, in the 700 block of West 79th Street in Vermont Knolls, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly after 3 a.m., Wilson was at his home when someone knocked on the door, said LAPD Det. Chris Barling.

Wilson answered the door, got into a dispute and was shot multiple times. Barling declined to say why the two got into an argument.

Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:25 a.m., said Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the coroner’s office.

On May 20, Floyd Odell, a 48-year-old black man, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Odell was charged May 22 with one count of murder in connection with the shooting, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Odell was also charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with another shooting on May 12.

Odell allegedly shot his nephew and his nephew’s wife in Vermont-Slauson, according to prosecutors.

The nephew was shot in the pelvis and the woman was shot in the hand, prosecutors said in a news release. If convicted, Odell could face 50 years to life in prison.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (323) 786-5113. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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