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Zachary Estevan Morrison, 28

Zachary Estevan Morrison, a 28-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Monday, May 28, in the 12100 block of 207th Street in Lakewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Neighbors thought they heard fireworks about 9:40 p.m. and discovered Morrison lying in the parkway between the sidewalk and curb on 207th Street, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred. 

The shooting was across the street from Artesia High School's sports fields, according to Google maps. 

Morrison apparently had been walking in the area, about 1 1/2 miles from his Lakewood home, Alfred said. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:55 p.m., on his 28th birthday, according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds. 

Investigators don’t have a description of the shooter, or whether the suspect was on foot or in a car, Alfred said. “All we have are ear witnesses, who heard the shots,” he said.

Morrison had ties to a gang in Lakewood, Alfred said, but investigators don’t know if the shooting was gang related. 

In November 2009, Morrison was charged with murder in the March 2, 2009, fatal shooting of Paramount resident James Arrecis, 24, in Brea, according to Orange County Superior Court records. The murder charge was dismissed in November 2012, but Morrison pleaded guilty to participating in criminal street gang activity on the day Arrecis was shot. He was sentenced to three years in state prison. 

Peter Albert Baltazar, 37, of Anaheim, a friend of Arrecis, was convicted in his slaying, The Times reported in November 2012. 

Anyone with information about Morrison’s shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s 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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