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Jason Samuel Gentile, 22

Jason Gentile, a 22-year-old white man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Dec. 15, at South California Avenue and East Colorado Boulevard in Monrovia, authorities said.

Gentile was killed -- and a 21-year-old female friend wounded -- when they were shot crossing a street in Monrovia, authorities said.

The two were walking near California Avenue and Colorado Boulevard shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday when they were approached by at least five men, one of whom pulled out a handgun and fired several shots, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The assailants fled the scene, said Whitmore, whose agency is assisting the Monrovia Police Department with the investigation.

Gentile, who lived in the neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:20 p.m., and the woman, who was shot in the foot, was treated and released from a hospital, he said.

The shooting is being investigated as gang-related. Police did not have a description of the assailant.

-- Ruben Vives

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