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Steven Escobar, 29

Steven Escobar, a 29-year-old Latino, died Sunday, Dec. 6, after he was shot in the 1900 block of South Brighton Street in San Gabriel, according to coroner's records. 

Escobar was standing in the frontyard of a residence around 7 p.m., visiting with four friends, when a male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt rode up to the group on a push scooter, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.  

There was a brief exchange of words, Mendoza said, then the newcomer pulled out a gun and fired one round. 

The bullet struck Escobar in the upper body, and the gunman fled on foot, leaving the scooter, Mendoza said. He was last seen running east on Saxon Avenue. 

Escobar was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:23 p.m., according to coroner's records. 

Mendoza said investigators don't know if Escobar was the target of the shooting. Escobar was married, he said, and lived in Alhambra. 

The gunman is described as being male, with a medium build, and 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, Mendoza said. The witnesses couldn't get a better description because it was dark and the shooter had his hood pulled over his head, he said. 

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. 

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