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January 24, 2010

Los Angeles: A 28-year-old man was fatally shot in an apparent gang-related shooting in South Los Angeles.

The shooting occurred shortly after midnight on Jan. 24, in the 1600 block of West 60th Place.  Detectives say a man later identified as Dontae Cotton, had just returned home and was walking from his parked vehicle toward his home.  A suspicious vehicle stopped in the street; a gunman emerged, confronted Cotton and shot him several times.  Mr. Cotton was hit and collapsed on the side of his residence.  Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics rushed him to a local hospital where he died.  The suspect was last seen driving westbound on 60th Place.

The suspect and vehicle description remain unknown.   

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call 77th Criminal Gang/Homicide Division at 213-485-1383.  During non-business hours or on weekends calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.