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Joseph Waary, 18

Joseph Waary, an 18-year-old Middle Eastern man, was shot and killed Friday, Jan. 24, in the 9800 block of De Soto Avenue in Chatsworth, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records.

About 11:26 a.m., Waary was inside a business with others when he was shot, said Los Angeles Police Det. Steve Castro. The people Waary was with “freaked out” and took him to a  hospital, Castro said. 

Coroner’s records show the business where Waary was shot was a marijuana dispensary. 

Waary was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

The suspect was identified as Jeffrey Ivan Bustamante Jr., a 19-year-old Latino, police said. 

Bustamante has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of possession of a firearm with a prior misdemeanor conviction, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The charges include an allegation that Bustamante used a semiautomatic handgun, prosecutors said.

Bustamante pleaded not guilty and is due back in court March 4, according to court records.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (818) 374-1925. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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