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Steven Joseph Ruiz, 48

Steven Joseph Ruiz, a 48-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Wednesday, June 25, in the 200 block of South Avenue 19 in Lincoln Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Ruiz was walking south on South Avenue 19 shortly before 2 p.m. when at least one person walked up to him and opened fire, said Los Angeles Police Det. Jose Ramirez.

Ramirez said it is unknown whether the gunman was on foot or in a vehicle. Ruiz was shot in the back and pronounced dead at the scene at 2:25 p.m.

Anyone with information can call LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division detectives at (323) 342-8961. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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