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Victor Baltazar, 27

Victor Baltazar, 27, a Latino man, was shot in the chest about 3 a.m. in the 5600 block of Cleon Avenue in North Hollywood on Saturday, Feb. 23.

According to police, Baltazar was talking with relatives outside of a home when he was allegedly confronted by Victor Santiago Sencion, 22, who challenged him to a fight. Sencion then allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot Baltazar. He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:44 a.m.

According to initial reports, Sencion was stabbed by several people at the home as they struggled to subdue him, but police could not confirm. Sencion was hospitalized and was under police custody.

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