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Darrell Edwards, 54

Darrell Edwards, a 54-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, May 24, at Imperial Highway and South Western Avenue in Westmont, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Edwards was driving his dark-colored Audi sedan east on Imperial Highway at 6:44 p.m., when he stopped at a red light in the left-turn lane onto Western Avenue, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said. 

A dark-colored compact car drove up next to Edwards’ car, and a man in the rear passenger seat got out with a gun, Mendoza said. 

The man walked to the front passenger side of Edwards’ car and shot Edwards through the open window, Mendoza said. The shooter, described only as a black man between 20 and 30 years old, got back into the car, which turned south onto Western Avenue and drove away.

Edwards was struck in the torso, Mendoza said, and his car slowly rolled through the intersection and struck the center median. 

Witnesses who saw the shooting called for help. Paramedics arrived and took Edwards to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Edwards was married and lived in Downey but grew up in Westmont, Mendoza said. “It wasn’t uncommon for him to be in that area,” he said, but investigators don’t have a motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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