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Jerry E. Lewis, 50

Jerry E. Lewis, a 50-year-old Black man, was shot and killed Sunday, July 5, in the 2300 block of Rosecrans Avenue in Gardena, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 7 p.m., officers from the Gardena Police Department responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon, according to a news release from the department. Officers found Lewis, who had been shot in the lower body, police said. 

Police said that Lewis walked into a market without a mask and got into an argument with a security guard there. Lewis left the store, then came back and got into a physical fight with the security guard, identified by police as Umeir Corniche Hawkins, 38. 

During the fight, police said that Hawkins’ wife, Sabrina Carter, 50, who was waiting for Hawkins to get out of work, walked up and pointed a gun at Lewis and others, stopping the fight. 

As Lewis walked away, Hawkins pulled out another gun and shot at Lewis, police said. Lewis died at the scene, according to coroner’s records. 

Hawkins has been charged with one count of murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Carter has also been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, prosecutors said.

Detectives asked anyone with information to call Gardena Police Dets. Ryan Sproles at (310) 217-9618 or Dolores Searle at (310) 217-9654. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

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