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Body found with gunshot wound in Mid-Wilshire [Updated]

May 8, 2011 |  2:15 pm

The body of a man in his early 30s was discovered Sunday morning on a sidewalk in Mid-Wilshire, authorities said. He had a gunshot wound to the head.

A man walking his dog about 6:30 a.m. found the body on the sidewalk on Packard Street between Stanley and Spaulding avenues, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Renee McAlonis said.

Neighbors questioned by police reported hearing a gunshot about 1 a.m. and police determined the victim had been lying on the sidewalk for several hours.

The man may have been a resident of the neighborhood who had parked his car and was walking to his home, McAlonis said.

Authorities believe other passersby may have seen the body but failed to report it despite a substantial amount of blood at the scene.

No other information was provided.

[Updated at 9:04 p.m.: The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has identified the victim as Gabriel Aron Benmeir, 30.

-- Corina Knoll

Here is more data on crime in the area from Crime L.A., The Times' crime database:

Neighborhood Rank Crimes Per 10,000 people

Violent crimes: 76/209
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Property crimes: 55/209
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Crime types

Violent crimes (93)
Property crimes (600)