Man found shot to death in Marina Del Rey

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was shot to death in Marina Del Rey early Sunday morning.

Authorities responded to the 400 block of Washington Boulevard around 3:40 a.m. The man, who was found in the parking lot of a nearby Islands restaurant, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was near a white pick-up truck.

Witnesses told police they heard a shot, ran outside and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Investigators said the shooting is unusual for the area and do not believe it was a random act. The victim may have known the suspect.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the shooting, and detectives said they are not sure why the man may have been in the lot.

The coroner's office identified the victim as 27-year-old Christopher Rothschild Cleveland.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was handling the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call LASD homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.
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