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Los Angeles police investigate homicide in upscale Watermarke Tower apartments

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(Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles police are investigating a homicide that took place downtown inside the upscale Watermarke Tower on Thursday night, authorities said.

Officers responded to the 700 block of West 9th Street just before 7 p.m. and found a man between 30 and 40 years old with a gunshot wound, in the lobby near elevators, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement late Thursday night.

Paramedics gave aid to the man, but he died at the scene, LAPD officials said. He has not been identified by L.A. County coroner officials.

The area surrounding the apartment building was searched, but police believe that the suspect had fled by the time they arrived. Officials don’t know what the motive was.

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Watermarke Tower is a 35-story luxury high-rise in downtown L.A. near the Staples Center, according to its website. It has apartments ranging in price from $2,680 to more than $13,000.

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Anyone with information about the shooting can contact Central Division Homicide Detectives at 213-486-6890.

Times staff writer Jaclyn Cosgrove contributed to this report.


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