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Erik Antonio Juarez, 24

Erik Antonio Juarez, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot to death Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the 1500 block of South Western Avenue in Harvard Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

About 2 p.m., Juarez got into an argument in a marijuana clinic with Jose Eriberto Gonzalez, a 19-year-old Latino, LAPD Lt. John Radtke said. 

Investigators believe the two men were gang members, and Juarez had challenged Gonzalez, Radtke said. 

After the argument, Juarez left the clinic and returned with a baseball bat. When Juarez went to put the bat away, Gonzalez drew a gun and opened fire, Radtke said.

Juarez was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:59 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Witnesses later provided police with a description of Gonzalez, who was arrested two days later, Radtke said.

On Feb. 29, Gonzalez was charged with one count of murder with a gun allegation, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Bureau homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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