A 23-year-old man was shot in the head and killed Monday night in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue in Venice, police said.
The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. and the victim was found in the road with a single gunshot wound to his head, said Sgt. Craig Brown of the Los Angeles Polilce Department's Pacific Division. The victim was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead about 11 p.m., Brown said.
Police identified the victim as Oscar Duncan of Venice.
Duncan worked at the teen center at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice and grew up as a member of the club. In 2006, Duncan was named the Venice club's Youth of the Year and went on to create gospel-inspired hip-hop and performed as a dancer, according to his Web site.
In a YouTube video, Duncan called himself "Choir Boy" and said he was doing mentoring, coaching and outreach at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.
"I'm from Venice, California, born and raised. I love Venice, California, it's a beautiful place, there's no place like it," he said in the video. The "Choir Boy" nickname was a testament by friends to his singing voice and a reflection of his commitment to God, Duncan said.
The case has been assigned to the LAPD's West Bureau homicide division and the motive for the shooting was not immediately known, Brown said.
There was no suspect information and no arrest had been made.
No further information was immediately available.
(Editor's Note: Updated at 9:12 a.m. to add that Duncan worked at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.)