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Erik Ernesto Perez, 48

Erik Ernesto Perez, a 48-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, Jan. 6, near South Alvarado Street and West Olympic Boulevard in Pico-Union, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department found Perez on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a news release from the department.

Perez was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:34 p.m., according to coroner's records.

Police said that the gunman was walking south on South Alvarado Street when he passed Perez. The man stopped, turned around and shouted something at Perez.

The two began walking toward each other, and the other man pulled out a gun and shot Perez once in the chest before running south on South Alvarado Street, then east on West Olympic Boulevard.

Police on March 9 released a photo of the suspect taken from surveillance video. He was described as an older white or Latino man with long hair in a ponytail. He was wearing eyeglasses, a gray sweatshirt, a black button-down shirt, light-colored pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Bradley Golden at (323) 342-8960. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Photo: Police released the above photo March 9 in an effort to identify the suspect in Perez's killing. Credit: LAPD

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