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Combat veteran fatally shot while celebrating his homecoming

An Army veteran was shot and killed Sunday in Los Angeles while celebrating his recent homecoming from Afghanistan.

Authorities say Francisco Garcia was gunned down on a sidewalk as his family and friends were trying to move the celebration from one location to another.

Police say a man got out of an SUV, yelled at Garcia, grabbed a handgun from another person, and opened fire.

"It's a sad fact, yes, he was in Afghanistan combat and comes home and has this happen to him. I think it's terrible, I really, honestly do," said Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police believe the attacks stemmed from a previous dispute. 

Authorities are still searching for the shooter.

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