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Steven Lashaun Phipps, 37

Steven Lashaun Phipps, a 37-year-old black man, was shot and killed Saturday, Feb. 29, in the 900 block of South Western Avenue in Koreatown, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.

Shortly before 6:42 p.m., Phipps was walking in the area when a person walked up to him and shot him, said Los Angeles Police Det. Sean Kinchla. 

The shooter left in a vehicle, but a description was not available. Kinchla said the motive was unclear. 

Milton Orantes, a 27-year-old Latino, was charged March 5 with one count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and court records.

Orantes also faces an allegation that he intentionally discharged a gun, according to prosecutors.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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