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Kehende Lang, 25

Kehende Lang, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, June 17, in the 1700 block of South Longwood Avenue in Mid-City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

The incident began about 3:30 a.m., when Los Angeles Police officers received numerous calls about shots being fired in the area. When they arrived they discovered Lang with multiple gunshot wounds. 

Lang was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:37 a.m., according to the coroner’s records. 

LAPD Homicide Det. Steven Katz said investigators have few leads. There’s no evidence Lang was robbed, and investigators don’t know why he was walking at that time. He has family in another part of Los Angeles, Katz said, but he frequently stayed in the area. 

Witnesses heard a confrontation and gunfire, Katz said, but have no description of a suspect or suspects. 

This is the second such shooting on the street since April, Katz said. Uimaitua Fernando Brooks, a 43-year-old black man, was shot and killed in the 1800 block of South Longwood Avenue shortly before midnight on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. 

In that case, witnesses reported seeing two black men wearing white T-shirts walking south on Longwood Avenue toward Mascot Street. 

“We’re looking for help because we don’t have much to go on,” Katz said. “This is a known gang area, and these shootings both appear to be gang related. It looks like rival gang members are coming into the area to shoot people, but we don’t know for sure.”

Anyone with information should call LAPD West Bureau Homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

— Jeanette Marantos

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