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Ruben Campos, 21

Ruben Campos (2011-02-03)

Ruben Campos, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, Feb. 3, in the 1100 block of South Kern Avenue in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Campos was walking down the street about 12:30 p.m. when he was confronted by an unidentified male, said sheriff homicide Det. M. Quintero, who is handling the case.

The two men exchanged words and the assailant pulled out a gun and shot Campos.

Authorities were called and the victim was taken to County-USC Medical Center where he died from his injuries, Quintero said. According to coroner's records, he was shot several times.

No arrests have been made in connection with the case.

The shooter was described as a Latino in his 20s wearing dark clothing, Quintero said. He was last seen running south before getting into a waiting vehicle. Officials do not have a description of the car.

Campos was a documented gang member, Quintero said, and the shooting was gang-related.

Anyone with information about the death of Ruben Campos or the identity of the shooter is asked to contact Det. Quintero at (323) 890-5500. One can also leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-8477.

-- Sarah Ardalani

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