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Jody Shawn Heard, 35

Jody Heard, a 35-year-old black man, was fatally shot Monday, July 19, near 6th Street and Maple Avenue in downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

People in the area reported hearing at least one gunshot about 12:45 a.m., according to an LAPD news release.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Heard wounded on the sidewalk. Paramedics were called, and Heard was pronounced dead, police said.

He had sustained a gunshot wound to the head, according to coroner's records.

Witnesses said Heard and another man began fighting on the sidewalk, which may have led the shooting, police said.

“At first look, it appears the victim was the intended target,” LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said. “The victim did not live or sleep on skid row.”

“Dozens of people sleep overnight on the sidewalk on this block every night,” Vernon said. “Overnight disputes often lead to violence, and people sleeping on the street are vulnerable. This is why we encourage everyone to use the shelters.”

Police said Heard had recently been paroled from prison on a narcotics conviction.

No arrests have been made in connection with his killing.

“We could use any information at all,” Vernon said. “There were dozens of people on the street when it happened, and word travels fast in skid row."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact LAPD Central Homicide Det. Patricia Hauck at (213) 842-0727. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

-- Sarah Ardalani

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