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74-year-old man killed at Lakewood Wal-Mart store

November 1, 2011 |  7:28 pm

This post has been corrected. See notes at the bottom for details.

A 74-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon in the sporting goods section at a Wal-Mart in Lakewood, authorities said.

A suspect was taken into custody in connection with the slaying, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The suspect was described as a 47-year-old man.

It was unclear what prompted the slaying at the store in the 2700 block of Carson Street. Since January 2007, at least eight homicides have been reported in Lakewood, according to a Times Homicide Report database.

No other details on Tuesday's slaying were immediately available.

[For the Record, 9:56 a.m. Nov. 2: An earlier version of this post included a map that incorrectly showed the location of the attack as being on Candlewood Street.]

[For the Record, 9:35 a.m. Nov 3: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said that at least 18 homicides had been reported in Lakewood.]


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Image: Map shows the location of the store where the beating occurred. Credit: Homicide Report and Google Maps