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Angel Benjamin Hernandez, 23

Angel Benjamin Hernandez, a 23-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, May 27, in the 1000 block of West 245th Street in Harbor City, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m., police said, Hernandez was hanging out at an apartment building with others when an argument broke out and a man grabbed a rifle and shot him, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dawna Killingsworth.

Hernandez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

After the shooting, the gunman fled. Officers responding to the shooting encountered a suspect, identified as Kenneth Alonso Rosales, a 23-year-old Latino, running east on West 253rd Street toward Petroleum Avenue, armed with a rifle, according to a news release from the LAPD. 

Officers ordered him to drop the rifle, but instead he pointed it at officers, prompting them to shoot, police said. He ran away into an apartment parking area where more shots were fired, police said. 

Rosales continued running but was ultimately apprehended by responding officers. Rosales, who was struck by gunfire, was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital. 

A rifle was recovered in the area. 

Rosales was charged May 31 with one count of murder and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He is also accused of using the rifle as a deadly weapon and faces a gang allegation, prosecutors said.

Rosales is due back in court Oct. 3, according to court records. 

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 561-3321. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

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