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Miguel Ernesto Ramos, 21

Miguel Ernesto Ramos, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, May 28, in the 400 block of South Vermont Avenue in Koreatown, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 8:15 p.m., Ramos was standing outside a smoke shop when a man walked outside and shot him, said Los Angeles Police Lt. John Radtke. The gunman then ran through the parking lot and fired into a black sedan, striking another 21-year-old Latino, Radtke said.

The gunman then fled south on Vermont Avenue in a white sedan, Radtke said.

Ramos and the other man were taken to a hospital. Ramos was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The other man is expected to survive his injuries, Radtke said.

On June 5, the suspect, identified by police as Angel David Valenzuela, a 31-year-old Latino, was arrested on suspicion of murder by the Whittier Police Department, according to police and online jail records.

Investigators believe that the shooting was the result of a gang dispute.

Valenzuela was charged June 7 with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of shooting at an occupied vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Valenzuela is due in court June 21 for an arraignment, prosecutors said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 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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