Man Fatally Shot Outside Comedy Store Identified

WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot outside the Comedy Store in West Hollywood, which remained closed Thursday amid the shooting investigation.

Richard James, 23, died at a hospital, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. His city of residence was not known.

The attack was reported at 12:49 a.m. Wednesday in the 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. No arrests have been reported.

The shooter was described wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt who ran from the scene, Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch said Wednesday.

Sunset Boulevard was shut down between La Cienega Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue for about nine hours while an investigation was conducted, snarling traffic in the area throughout the morning rush hour.

The Comedy Store said it would close amid the investigation and has not said when it will reopen.

Anyone with information on the crime can call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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