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LAPD Skid Row Shooting: Once a Weapon is Grabbed, ‘All Bets are Off’

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(The Los Angeles Times)—An officer-involved shooting on Los Angeles’ skid row has captured nationwide attention with cellphone video that shows the incident.

Three officers opened fire on a man just before noon Sunday on San Pedro Street in downtown L.A.  As the L.A. Times gathers more information and details surrounding the shooting, here are some of the key factors we are looking at.

The shooting victim

The man shot dead by officers Sunday has been identified by only his street name, “Africa.”

According to Andy Bales, president of the Union Rescue Mission, Africa “helped mission employees clean up every day.” But, he said, the man sometimes acted out.

Africa’s family — Bales believes they are in Africa — had tried unsuccessfully to get him to return home, he said.

 

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