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Taji Nafis Tavie, 34

Taji Nafis Tavie, a 34-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the 1500 block of West 107th Street in Westmont, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m., a man in a black mid-1980s Oldsmobile Cutlass drove up into the area, got out of the car and began shooting at Tavie’s 34-year-old roommate and the man’s 36-year-old girlfriend, said Lt. Mike Rosson with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Tavie heard the gunshots, stepped outside and was shot, Rosson said.

Tavie was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:31 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

The roommate and his girlfriend, whose names were not released for their safety, were not hit by gunfire, Rosson said.

Neither Tavie nor his roommate were affiliated with gangs.

Investigators believe the shooting could be retaliation from a gang party in the area from the previous week.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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