Man in wheelchair shot in South L.A. dies at hospital; suspects sought

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A man in a wheelchair who was shot near a South Los Angeles McDonald's last week has died, police said today, and detectives were continuing their efforts to solve the crime.

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The man, who was around 75 years old, was shot about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday in the 1700 block of West Century Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and he died Sunday, the LAPD reported. Information on his identity was not immediately available.

According to police, two suspects described only as females approached in a vehicle and one of them got out and shot the man. No description was available of the vehicle. A motive for the shooting was not known.

A news conference was planned Monday afternoon at the crime scene by community activists, who are seeking the public's help to solve the crime and who are offering to pay for the slain man's funeral, said Najee Ali of Project Islamic H.O.P.E.

According to Ali, the man, who was homeless, was a veteran and a double amputee, and he was shot in the head while sleeping in his wheelchair outside the restaurant.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the LAPD Central Bureau Homicide office at 213-486-8700, or 877-LAPD-247.

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