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Raul Cervantes, 24

Raul Cervantes, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, July 30, on the Gage Bridge in the 5400 block of Gage Avenue in Bell, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Bell police found Cervantes lying near the bike path entrance on the western descent from the bridge after receiving a call about shots being fired at 1:41 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Rosson.

Cervantes was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:56 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to coroner’s records. 

Rosson said video footage of the shooting shows Cervantes standing at the entrance to the bike path when a Latino adult walked up to him and opened fire. The gunman was last seen running west off the bridge on foot. 

Cervantes had ties to a gang in Bell, Rosson said, and investigators believe the shooter was a member of a rival gang based in another part of Bell. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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