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Man Fatally Shot On Melrose Avenue Near Fairfax, Suspect Remains At Large

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A 27-year-old man was fatally shot at about 5:45 p.m. Monday night on Melrose Avenue near the intersection of Sierra Bonita. The suspect, who remains at large, was seen driving away from the scene in a black SUV through an alley just south of Melrose Avenue, according to an LAPD statement released Tuesday.

KTLA reports that dozens of people were in the area at the time, and that witnesses said that the gunman appeared to be engaged in an argument with the victim before the shooting broke out. An undercover police officer who was patrolling nearby heard numerous gunshots fired and then located the victim in the street, according to the LAPD. The victim, who had several gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. A firearm was found near the victim's body.

"We heard like ten gunshots and a car taking off," James Hill, a witness who was present at the scene, told NBC 4.

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"The motive of this shooting is unknown, and possibly gang related," according to the LAPD statement.