Brother of slain rapper shot to death on Gramercy Park sidewalk

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 around 11:45 p.m. Friday at 98th Street and Western Avenue.

The Los Angeles Police Department says the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds; the shooting is believed to be gang related.

The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Miles Lishey of Inglewood.

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 on August 20, 2016 at a pool party in Granada Hills. He was 30.

Kenny Birdine, 22, was convicted last October of first-degree murder for killing Justin Lishey. 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.

He 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 according to Deputy District Attorney Amy
Murphy Lishey was not a documented gang member and did nothing to provoke the attack.

CNS contributed to this report