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Crime: Suspect captured in furniture store slaying, a crime that 'shocked' LA neighborhood

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Los Angeles police are searching for the man they say killed a 24-year-old woman while she worked alone in a furniture store . The suspect , believed to be homeless, attacked Brianna Kupfer with a knife just before 2 p.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The slaying has "shaken and shocked our community to its core," Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz said at the news conference. "We will find this vicious criminal ," he vowed. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD at 213-382-9470.

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Los Angeles police on Wednesday arrested the man they say killed a 24-year-old woman while she worked alone in a furniture store.

The suspect, believed to be homeless, attacked Brianna Kupfer with a knife just before 2 p.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Brianna Kupfer, seen in this undated photo, was killed at a Los Angeles furniture store Jan. 13, 2022. © Brianna Kupfer/Facebook Brianna Kupfer, seen in this undated photo, was killed at a Los Angeles furniture store Jan. 13, 2022.

He fled through the store's back door and Kupfer's body was soon found on the floor by a customer, police said.

Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Sonia Monico speaks at a news conference about Brianna Kupfer, Jan. 18, 2022, in Los Angeles. © Ashley Landis/AP Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Sonia Monico speaks at a news conference about Brianna Kupfer, Jan. 18, 2022, in Los Angeles. Flowers are placed outside Croft House furniture store in memory of graduate student Brianna Kupfer, Jan. 17, 2022. © Emma Mcintyre/Getty Images Flowers are placed outside Croft House furniture store in memory of graduate student Brianna Kupfer, Jan. 17, 2022.

Police on Tuesday identified the suspect as 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith and asked for the public's help in finding him.

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The Los Angeles Police Department announced the arrest on Twitter and said the Pasadena Police Department detained Smith, 31, at around 11:50 a.m. near Fair Oaks and Colorado Boulevard. Smith was captured on surveillance footage 30 minutes after the slaying calmly buying a vape pen at 7-Eleven. Who is brianna kupfer, the los angeles stabbing victim? Kupfer grew up in the Pacific Palisades, an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood . After earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, she returned to her hometown to pursue a graduate degree in interior design.

The killing comes amid a huge crime surge in Los Angeles , with its woke District Attorney George Gascon under fire for failing to crack down on the violence. The city has also suffered a shocking wave of follow-home robberies and organized smash-and-grab attacks on retailers. Police said the male suspect (pictured) is believed to be homeless and fled through the back door before calming walking down an alley. The architectural design student from Pacific Palisades was alone in the Croft House store on La Brea Avenue in LA 's upscale Fairfax neighborhood when a man entered around 1:50

On Wednesday, Smith was spotted by a citizen who recognized him from the news and responding officers found him at a bus bench in Pasadena, police said.

The suspect in the murder of Brianna Kupfer has been identified as Shawn Laval Smith seen here in this image released by LAPD. © LAPD The suspect in the murder of Brianna Kupfer has been identified as Shawn Laval Smith seen here in this image released by LAPD.

There is no known motive, police said, adding that the suspect had randomly walked into the store.

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Kupfer texted a friend that afternoon saying someone in the store was giving her a "bad vibe," LAPD Lt. John Radke said at a Tuesday news conference.

The slaying has "shaken and shocked our community to its core," Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz said at the news conference.

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While not working at the furniture store, Kupfer was taking courses in design through UCLA Extension, a continuing education program.

"Brianna, who was born, educated and was building her career here in Los Angeles, was a rising star in this community," Kupfer's family said in a statement read on their behalf at the news conference. "Brianna was a smart, funny, driven and kind soul who only wanted to better herself and her community on a daily basis."

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