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Leonard Thrower, 18 [Updated]

Leonard Thrower, an 18-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the 2000 block of North Santa Fe Avenue in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office, said Thrower was standing on the sidewalk about 8:35 p.m. when he was shot.

He was taken to a hospital in Lynwood, where he died less than an hour later, Winter said.

According to coroner's records, Thrower had several gunshot wounds to his face, torso and arms.

The Times has contacted investigators to obtain more information about the case and will post an update as soon as possible.

[Updated at 1:02 p.m., Feb. 21: Sheriff 's homicide Det. Eddie Brown, who is handling the investigation, said the incident was a walk-up shooting. No arrests have been made in connection with the case.

Even though Thrower was not a gang member, the shooting is believed to be gang-related, Brown said.

The shooter was described as a Latino in his early 20s, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9. Officials said he was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and last seen fleeing northbound on Santa Fe Avenue.

Anyone with information about the shooting death of Leonard Thrower is asked to contact Brown or Toni Martinez at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).]

-- Sarah Ardalani

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