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George Mc Claren, 65

George Mc Claren, a 65-year-old black man, was shot and killed Monday, May 28, in the 3500 block of Normandie Avenue in Exposition Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., Mc Claren was outside a Circle K when the man he was with got into an argument with a 26-year-old man who said he had stolen a bike, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dave Garrido.

The 26-year-old went to a vehicle, grabbed a gun and opened fire, striking Mc Claren, who was not the target, Garrido said.

Mc Claren was pronounced dead at 3:48 p.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.

Carlos Smith, who is Belizean, was charged June 7 with one count of murder with the allegation that he used a handgun, according to police and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Smith is due back in court Sept. 10, according to prosecutors. His bail has been set at $3-million.

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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