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Jin Young Park, 34

Jin Young Park, a 34-year-old Korean man, was found dead Sunday, Jan. 31, in the 3400 block of West 7th Street in Koreatown, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 7:15 a.m., a person saw a man going through Park’s belongings on the sidewalk, said Lt. John Radtke with the Los Angeles Police Department. The person called police, who detained the man, then discovered that Park was dead, Radtke said.

Park, who had a single gunshot wound, was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:25 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

Investigators interviewed residents who reported hearing a gunshot about 4:30 a.m., but they are looking for witnesses to the shooting.

The man going through Park’s belongings didn’t realize that Park was dead, and he is not a suspect.

“He just figured that Mr. Park was drunk and passed out,” Radtke said of the man.

Park had been living on the streets for years and was separated from family.  Radtke said the case is off to a tough start.

“We’re trying to do our best so we can to figure out whether anyone had anything against him, that kind of stuff,” Radtke said.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Bureau homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. 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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