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Man killed trying to stop vandals from spraying graffiti on church

November 5, 2012 |  9:06 am

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

One man was killed and another wounded in the Westlake district after interrupting vandals spraying graffiti on a storefront church, police said Monday.

The shooting took place about 6:30 p.m. Sunday when two congregants came out of the building to confront vandals spraying graffiti on a wall of the church near the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Reno Street.

A police official said one of the church members asked the vandals to stop, but instead one of them opened fire. One man in his 20s was killed and another, who appeared to be about 45, was wounded. Neither was identified.

The suspects fled and have not been apprehended, police said.


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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.