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Man shot after panhandling incident

June 6, 2009 |  5:41 pm

A 37-year-old man was shot and killed in front of a home in South Los Angeles, allegedly by a man he had attacked earlier in the day, authorities said today.

The victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was shot in the chest shortly before 10 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of West 43rd Street. Jimmy Hernandez, 21, was arrested and charged with murder in the man’s death, according to a police statement.

According to police, Hernandez was at a market earlier Friday 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 attacked Hernandez with a stick, police said.

Later, Hernandez, accompanied by three gang members, approached his attacker, who was standing on the front porch of the South L.A. home. One of the men asked the victim 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 were still at large. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Southwest homicide detectives at (213) 485-1383.

-- Victoria Kim