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Walter Battle, 24

Walter Battle, a 24-year-old black man, was shot and killed Thursday, June 5, in the 9000 block of South Budlong Avenue in Westmont, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Battle was walking south on South Budlong Avenue shortly before 6:45 p.m. when two sedans going the same direction stopped alongside him, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A person in one of the cars got out and exchanged words with Battle. The gunman then shot Battle, who was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:16 p.m., said Ed Winter, a coroner’s spokesman.

A 34-year-old Latina who was at a nearby home was treated by paramedics for a graze wound, Hernandez said.

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

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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