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Murder Was the Case: L.A. Homicide No. 216, Hawthorne Man Gunned Down After Church

A Hawthorne man who attended a church service with his niece was shot after he drove her home and visited with family on August 30.


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Puncho Eteuati, 32, was standing on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of Ronan Avenue, talking to members of his family, when the unknown shooter walked northbound on Ronan from M Street and fired numerous rounds at him. Eteuati was struck multiple times in the upper torso. He was transported to a local hospital where he died an hour and a half later of his injuries. Police do not know the motive yet for the 10:30 p.m. Sunday shooting. Anyone with information should contact Harbor Division detectives at (310) 726-7881.