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Matthew Sims, 42

Matthew Sims (2014-04-09)

Matthew Sims, a 42-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, April 9, in the 500 block of West 76th Street in Vermont Knolls, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Sims was in an alley about 6:45 p.m. when he was approached one or two people, said Los Angeles Police Det. Sal LaBarbera.

Words were exchanged and witnesses told police that they heard more than one gunshot, LaBarbera said.

Sims was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:57 p.m., said coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-1383. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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