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Vermont Square: Laquinn Tucker, 37

July 1, 2009 |  4:07 pm

Laquinn Tucker, a 37-year-old black man, was shot several times in the 800 block of West 43rd Street in Vermont Square. He died June 5, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Tucker was shot in the chest shortly before 10 p.m. Jimmy Hernandez, 21, was arrested and charged with murder in the his death, according to a police statement.

According to police, Hernandez was at a market in the 4200 block of South Hoover Street when he was approached by a man who asked for $5 in what police said was a “panhandling type” of situation. Hernandez said he didn’t have any money and walked outside, and then the man’s friend, Tucker, allegedly attacked Hernandez with a stick, police said.

Later, Hernandez, accompanied by three gang members, approached Tucker, who was standing on the front porch of the South L.A. home, police said. One of the men asked him if he had been involved in the earlier incident, and when he replied that he had Hernandez allegedly shot him, according to police.

Detectives arrested Hernandez at his home in South Los Angeles. The three others who were with Hernandez at the time of the shooting are still at large.

Anyone with information is asked to call Southwest Division homicide detectives at (213) 485-1383.

--Victoria Kim and Ruben Vives

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