A black man who died from multiple gunshot wounds one day after an alleged altercation in Watts on January 3 has been identified as 33-year-old Louis Smith.

The L.A. County coroner told the Los Angeles Times that Smith “was approached by a male and got into a fight” just before 4 p.m. at the address listed for Popeye's on East 103th Street, but didn't come under fire until the man “left the area and returned with a gun.”

A homicide detective at the LAPD's Southeast station says that a suspect has since been identified, and that a warrant is out for his arrest.

Smith was transported to a hospital in Lynwood after the shooting, but didn't die until the next morning — January 4 at 11:15 a.m.

We've contacted Sergeant Burke, the detective on the case, for a possible description or sketch of the suspect.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the LA Weekly's archive of all homicides within Los Angeles city limits was discontinued near the end of last year. As of April 4, we have been rolling out the 2011 homicides, one by one, and will continue until our “Murder was the Case” archive is up to date. Thanks for your patience.


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