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Hector Hugo Velasquez, 44

Hector Hugo Velasquez, a 44-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Friday, May 13, in the 8200 block of Ackley Street in Paramount, according to coroner’s records. 

Velasquez was standing on the south side of the street, near the curb, in the residential area about 12:10 p.m. when a black vehicle drove by, said Los Angeles County Det. Dean Camarillo. 

The car stopped and someone inside shot at Velasquez multiple times, Camarillo said. The car then continued east on Ackley Street toward Downey Avenue.

A friend drove Velasquez to Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Hospital, Camarillo said. The hospital does not have a trauma center, Camarillo said, so paramedics then took Velasquez to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. 

Velasquez was pronounced dead at the Long Beach hospital 1:17 p.m. with gunshots to the chest, according to coroner's records. 

Investigators have no information about the gunman, Camarillo said. 

The Sheriff's Department received several 911 calls about gunfire, but no one reported seeing the gunman, Camarillo said. The friend who drove Velasquez to the hospital told investigators he just happened to be in the area when he followed the sound of gunshots and saw his friend lying in the street. 

Velasquez moved around a lot, but he spent most of his time in Compton, Camarillo said. 

"This is an area that is frequented by a local gang in Paramount and lots of residents live in fear of the local street gang here," Camarillo said. "People weren't even answering their doors to talk to us. We're having a heck of a time trying to find anyone close to the victim who can tell us what he was doing over there." 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department 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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