LOS ANGELES – An ex-con has been charged with murdering a Texas man who was shot during an argument in Hollywood last week.
Mario David Ramirez, 27, of La Puente, is charged with one count each of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with last Wednesday’s slaying of Antonio Washington, 30, of Providence Village, Texas.
The criminal complaint alleges that Ramirez personally used a handgun in the commission of the crime and that he has a 2016 conviction for assault with a semiautomatic firearm in Los Angeles County.
The shooting occurred at about 7 p.m. Wednesday at Argyle and Selma avenues, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
Officers learned that the man identified as Washington was shot by another man during an argument, and the wounded man got into a vehicle and tried to drive away but crashed into several nearby parked cars, according to the LAPD.
Paramedics took Washington to a hospital, where he died, police said.
“West Bureau homicide detectives identified the suspect and a warrant was issued for the arrest of 27-year-old Mario David Ramirez, a resident of La Puente,” the LAPD said in a statement.
LAPD Fugitive Task Force personnel arrested Ramirez in La Puente on Thursday night, police said.
He has remained behind bars since then and is due in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Aug. 9, according to jail records.