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James Sean Coprich, 41

James Sean Coprich, a 41-year-old black man, was shot and killed Sunday, Sept. 3, in the 5700 block of South Figueroa Street in the Vermont-Slauson area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 10:40 a.m., officers with the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call of a shooting at a marijuana dispensary called Figueroa Collective, LAPD Det. Dave Garrido said.

Witnesses told police that a man walked into the dispensary and asked to speak with Coprich, Garrido said.

Coprich and the man went outside and got into an argument, the detective said.

The man pulled a gun and shot Coprich. He was taken to a hospital after the shooting, where he was pronounced dead at 5:57 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Tetso Randy Welch, a 46-year-old black man, was arrested on suspicion of murder the next day, according to sheriff’s department records.

Welch was charged Sept. 6 with one count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He is scheduled for arraignment Sept. 22.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 786-5113. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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