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Christopher Lamont Shuler Jr., 24

Christopher Lamont Shuler Jr., a 24-year-old black man, was shot and killed Friday, Sept. 15, in the 2300 block of South Cochran Avenue in Mid-City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shuler was with a group of people drinking in the street when a dispute broke out about 11 p.m., Los Angeles Police Lt. John Radtke said.

A person in the group pulled out a gun and shot Shuler, Radtke said.

Shuler was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

James Sheppard, a 30-year-old black man, was arrested on suspicion of murder Sept. 18 in connection with the shooting, according to online jail records.

Sheppard was charged with one count of murder with an allegation that he used a handgun to commit the crime, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Sheppard pleaded not guilty to the charges Sept. 20 and is due back in court Oct. 3, according to court records.

Detectives are still piecing together the origin of the dispute, Radtke said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (213) 382-9470. 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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For the Record

Sept. 28, 8:20 a.m.: A previous version of this report misspelled Shuler's name as Schuler.

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