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Man shot dead in east Long Beach neighborhood

February 7, 2010 |  7:26 pm

A 20-year-old man was shot and killed early Sunday in a residential area of eastern Long Beach.

The L.A. County coroner's office identified the victim as James Withers Jr. of Lakewood.

The shooting occurred shortly after 1 a.m. in the 2300 block of Vuelta Grande Avenue, a few blocks west of El Dorado Park golf course, according to Long Beach police.

Withers was hit in the upper body and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact Long Beach homicide detectives at (562) 570-7244.

--Rich Connell