Police on Monday identified a man who was shot to death in East Hollywood as 33-year-old Lavell L. Smith.
The shooting was reported shortly before 5:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of North Vermont Avenue, the
Officers found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds. Los Angeles Fire Department medics took Smith to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
The LAPD said the shooting was under investigation and that it may be gang-related.
Since January 2007, at least 31 homicides have been reported within a mile of where Smith was slain, according to The Times Homicide Report database. Twenty-two of the victims died from gunshot wounds.
Anyone with information regarding Smith's case is asked to call detectives at (323) 344-5731.