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LAPD releases video of slaying at hamburger stand [Updated]

May 19, 2010 |  5:08 pm

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