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Thorton Hamilton, 38

Thorton Hamilton, a 38-year-old man, was fatally shot Friday, March 23, in the 1000 block of East 7th Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Police responded to a motel about 8:20 p.m. and found Hamilton, who had been shot in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Investigators were still trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting but said several people had been in the motel room when the confrontation took place.

Police have detained a suspect for questioning, but no arrests have been made so far, Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Dets. Terri Hubert and Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- David Zahniser

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