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Angel Gustavo Balanzar Martinez, 18

Angel Gustavo Balanzar Martinez, an 18-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Wednesday, July 19, in the 6200 block of South San Pedro Street in Florence, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 11:30 p.m., Balanzar Martinez was shot while trying to steal beer from a convenience store, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dan Gersna.

Balanzar Martinez got into an escalating altercation with a store worker, Gersna said.

A person who did not work at the store shot Balanzar Martinez, Gersna said.

Balanzar Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:44 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Gersna declined to comment further, citing the pending investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 846-6556. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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