Police ID Man Killed by Gunman Who Confronted Group of Friends in Koreatown

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Police are searching for whoever fatally shot a man Monday night during a confrontation in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The incident occurred about 10:15 p.m. when a man walked up to three people who were standing in the 400 block of South St. Andrews Place, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. John Radtke said.

The stranger asked the group of friends where they were from and then challenged them to a fight, witnesses told Radtke.

At some point during the confrontation, the stranger pulled out a gun and shot one of the men before fleeing the area on foot, Radtke said.

The victim of the shooting was pronounced dead at the scene, the lieutenant said.

LAPD later identified him as 21-year-old Jorge Gracida of Los Angeles, and said he had tried to disarm the gunman before being fatally shot.

The victim's two friends were not injured in the incident.

Police describe the shooter as a man in his mid 20s who was wearing dark clothing and last seen fleeing south down St. Andrews Place.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Police Department at 213-382-9470.

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