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Tafari Erroll Pipersburg, 37

Tafari Erroll Pipersburg, a 37-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Sept. 19, near 12010 S. Vermont Ave. in Harbor Gateway, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 7:55 p.m., Pipersburg was riding his bike east on West 120th Street when a he was hit by a stray bullet, said Los Angeles Police Det. Nathan Kouri.

A person nearby was shooting at a propane tank, Kouri said, and one of the bullets hit Pipersburg.

The suspect, identified as Perry Charles Townsend, a 27-year-old black man, was charged Sept. 26 with one count of murder, according to court records.

Townsend has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court Nov. 20, according to court records.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 786-5111. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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