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Larise L. Smith, 56

Larise L. Smith, a 56-year-old black man, was shot and killed Monday, Dec. 8, in the 2800 block of West 42nd Street in Leimert Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Smith was walking his dog in the area shortly after 6:30 p.m., said LAPD Det. Sal LaBarbera. He stopped at the corner of West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue to talk to neighbors when a person approached and asked him where he was from, LaBarbera said. Smith was not affiliated with a gang.

The gunman fired several shots. Smith was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-4341. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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