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Man Killed in Front of Police Station in Skid Row

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A 35-year-old man was shot and killed this morning just feet from the LAPD's Central Division police station early this morning. At around 12:45 a.m., an argument between two men on the 500 block of Maple Street developed before at least one shot was fired, witnesses told police. “There were dozens of people on the street when it happened, and word travels fast in Skid Row," said Lt. Paul Vernon, who heads up detectives in downtown. He said the victim, who did not live or sleep on Skid Row and was recently paroled on a narcotics conviction, appears to be the intended target.

This is the third homicide in downtown for 2010. Additionally, two other deaths have been attributed to this year because victims in incidents of past years died recently.