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Jose Angel Kazama, 43

Jose Angel Kazama, a 43-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Tuesday, May 10, in the 6200 block of Orchard Avenue in Bell, according to coroner's records.  

Bell police were called to the scene regarding shots fired about 10 p.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is overseeing the homicide investigation. 

When the officers arrived, they found Kazama, with a revolver by his side, lying face down in an alley behind an apartment building, according to coroner's records. 

Kazama was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:14 p.m., with multiple gunshot wounds, according to coroner's records. Investigators also found bullet casings that did not match the revolver at the scene, according to coroner's records. 

"We're looking at the possibility that there may have been an exchange of gunfire between our victim and the suspects," said Sheriff's Department Lt. Steve Jauch. 

Kazama lived in Los Angeles, Jauch said. Investigators don't have any suspect information, and they don't know why Kazama was in the area, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.


For the Record

2:23 p.m., May 19: The victim was originally identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as Jose Kazoma, but the spelling of his name has been changed to Kazama reflect the spelling provided by family and investigators. 


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