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LAPD releases video of slaying at hamburger stand [Updated]

Los Angeles police released a surveillance video Wednesday showing a gunman killing a man at a hamburger stand south of downtown.

Demetrius Merriwether was shot May 6 about 1:30 p.m. at 240 W. Adams Blvd., the Los Angeles Police Department said. Merriwether was pronounced dead at Jim's Burgers in the Historic South-Central neighborhood.

The video shows the shooter walking up and opening fire as the victim stood near the counter next to another customer.

[Updated 11:05 p.m.: YouTube removed the video because it violated terms of use.]

The attacker was described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, and about 6 feet tall, the LAPD said.  He fled in a silver or gray Dodge Charger with chrome rims.

At least 37 homicides have been reported in Historic South-Central since January 2007, according to a database compiled by The Times' Homicide Report.

Detectives had not established a motive for Merriwether's slaying.

Anyone with information is asked to call Newton Division homicide Det. Tommy Thompson at (323) 846-6556.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Video: Surveillance footage of the slaying. Credit: LAPD


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Pretty damn brutal, just walks up and shoots the victim in the back of the head in a somewhat crowded open business. The victim was 20 years old and the killer probably is not much older. The sad thing is the killer is still free and not behind bars where he belongs for the rest of his life.


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