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Donnelle Ali Taufaao, 20

Donnelle Ali Taufaao, a 20-year-old Samoan man, was shot and killed Saturday, March 17, in the 600 block of East University Drive in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Taufaao was standing outside a strip mall liquor store around 9:45 p.m. when a car drove up and he started talking to the man inside, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said. 

“The conversation got heated, and the witnesses said they could see it going sideways. They ran inside the liquor store, heard the shots and then came out and saw the victim on the ground,” Alfred said. 

Taufaao was pronounced dead at the scene at 10 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

The coroner’s office said Taufaao was from Lynwood, but investigators think he most recently was living near where he was shot.

The gunman, described only as a Latino adult, drove away in a light-colored sedan, Alfred said.

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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