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Kid Cali's Brother Shot to Death in Front of Gramercy Park Smoke Shop

A man shot to death in front of a Gramercy Park smoke shop has been identified 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 suffered multiple gunshot wounds and the shooting was believed gang related, he said.

The victim was identified as Miles Lishey, 31, of Inglewood, coroner's Lt. David Smith said.

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 professionally known as Kid Cali or Cali OSo.

Kid Cali was shot to death Aug. 20, 2016 at a pool party in Granada Hills. He was 30.

Kenny Birdine, 22, was convicted last Oct. 31 of first-degree murder for killing Justin Lishey and the jury found true allegations that he used a handgun in the killing and committed the crime in association with a criminal street gang, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said.

Birdine was sentenced June 19 to 50 years to life in prison.

Birdine -- also known as "Lil' Rampage" -- believed the victim was a rival gang member, but Lishey was not a documented gang member and did nothing to provoke the attack, according to Deputy District Attorney Amy Murphy.

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