Australian personal trainer shot dead in doorway of LA medical marijuana store – 7NEWS

An Australian personal trainer died in Los Angeles after he was gunned down in the doorway of a medical marijuana store.
LA Police say Sydney man Azuma Bennett was shot at least eight times in Windsor Hills about 9.45am Friday (local time).
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Bennett was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries.
The 30-year-old had moved to the US a few years ago, and friends say he was just weeks away from a visit home to Australia.
Police have appealed for information from the public as they continue to hunt for the shooter and determine the motive.
No charges have been laid.
Locals told 7NEWS gang tensions were known to regularly flare in the neighbourhood, but Bennett was unaffiliated.
“We lost a light here. That gentleman was outstanding as far as caring about people, just a wonderful individual,” one friend told 7NEWS.
“All I can see is his smile … just a very positive person,” another friend said.
Friend Tamara Fortune said Bennett was “one of a kind” in a GoFundMe to fundraise funeral expenses for his family.
“An outstanding athlete, fighter, teacher trainer, and friend/mate to so many,” she said.
“We lost one of the best ones out there. He did not deserve this.
“He was kind to all that he met and always engaged everyone in the gym with his positive energy and engaging personality.”
A US boxing club paid tribute to Bennett as a “martial arts brother” to the club and son of its late grandmaster, Randy Bennett.
“Azuma at the age of 30 had inspired and instructed many people in Australia and the USA,” The Combat Academy wrote.
“He had amazing enthusiasm and strength of character. He was a loyal friend. God bless you, Azuma.”
His club back home in Bondi shared its devastation on losing “Zoomi”.
“Azuma was part of the fabric at Bondi Boxing Club and we will miss the days when he would come in with that smile that would brighten the whole gym no matter how bad your day was,” they wrote.
“He will be missed by all, RIP, little brother. Hope to see you on the other side.”
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is making plans to repatriate his body.
A memorial service will be held at Fortune Gym in LA on Saturday at 3pm local time, with Aussies able to join online.
– With reporting from David Woiwod
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