LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A man gunned down in front of a Gramercy Park smoke shop was identified Saturday as the brother of slain rapper Kid Cali.
The shooting was reported at 11:44 p.m. Friday at 98th Street and Western Avenue, Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section said.
The victim — identified by the county coroner’s office as 31-year-old Miles Lishey, of Inglewood — suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The death was believed to be gang-related.
Witnesses at the scene told City News Service the smoke shop is named Smoke and Vape and that its operator, Miles Lishey, was the younger brother of rapper Justin Lishey, who used the stage names Kid Cali and Cali OSo.
Justin Lishey was shot to death Aug. 20, 2016 at a pool party in Granada Hills. He was 30.
Kenny Birdine, 22, was convicted Oct. 31 of first-degree murder for killing the rapper and was sentenced June 19 to 50 years to life in prison.
Birdine — also known as “Lil’ Rampage” — believed Justin Lishey was a rival gang member, but Deputy District Attorney Amy Murphy said Lishey was not a documented gang member and did nothing to provoke the attack.