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Julio Alberto Diaz-Castro, 40

Julio Diaz-Castro, a 40-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Sunday, Dec. 4, in the 700 block of West Gage Avenue in Vermont-Slauson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before midnight on Dec. 3, Diaz-Castro was in a liquor store when a Latino walked in and shot him, said Los Angeles police Det. Chris Barling.

As Diaz-Castro tried to run away, more shots were fired. Diaz-Castro collapsed just outside the store and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives believe that the incident could be related to some car vandalism that occurred near the store about 10 minutes before the shooting, but they are still trying to determine exactly what prompted the attack, Barling said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (323) 786-5113. 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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