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Detectives seek answers in beating death at Lakewood Wal-Mart

November 2, 2011 |  7:17 am


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

Detectives continued Wednesday to investigate the unprovoked beating death of a 74-year-old man in a Wal-Mart store in Lakewood, allegedly by a homeless man.

The apparently unprovoked attack took place Tuesday afternoon in the sporting-goods section of the Wal-Mart on Carson Street, according to a report by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

The assailant took an aluminum bat and began striking the older man, who was pronounced dead in the store aisle. Witnesses told police the attacker was homeless. It was unclear whether the men knew each other.

A 47-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, was detained outside the store and arrested.

The Wal-Mart was closed Tuesday evening, and telephone calls early Wednesday to the store, which is advertised as open 24 hours, were not answered.

[For the Record, 9:04 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.]


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Photo: Wal-Mart with police tape at entrance. Shelby Grad / L.A. Times