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Paul Arthur Espinosa, 30

Paul Arthur Espinosa, a 30-year-old Latino, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, after he was shot in the 17800 block of Newburgh Street in unincorporated Citrus, which borders Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Espinosa was home with his mother and other relatives when he decided to walk outside about 10:58 p.m., according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marcelo Quintero. 

His mother told investigators that she heard some popping noises and initially thought it was firecrackers, Quintero said. “At the same point she realizes it might not be fireworks, her son steps through the front door, bleeding, and says, ‘Call 911. I’ve been shot.’” 

Espinosa wcollapsed on the couch, Quintero said, where his family tried to help him. Paramedics were unable to revive him, and Espinosa was pronounced dead at 11:10 p.m. 

No one reported seeing the shooting, Quintero said, and investigators don’t know whether the gunman was in a car or on foot. 

Espinosa was a single man with four children who did not live with him, Quintero said. Investigators said Espinosa lived on a quiet street of single-family homes.  

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.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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