One dead, four wounded in two shoot­ings

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - — Matt Hamil­ton

Two shoot­ings in South Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon left one man dead and four peo­ple in­jured.

The first shoot­ing oc­curred about 12:30 p.m. near 88th Street and Ver­mont Av­enue in the West­mont neigh­bor­hood, L.A. County Sher­iff ’s Deputy Ryan Rouzan said.

A man who was about 25 years old was killed and three oth­ers were wounded by gun­fire, Rouzan said.

The three in­jured peo­ple were taken to a hos­pi­tal, where at least two of them were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, L.A. Fire Depart­ment spokes­woman Mar­garet Ste­wart said.

It was un­clear whether any ar­rests had been made, and de­tec­tives were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the shoot­ing was con­nected to gang ac­tiv­ity.

The sec­ond shoot­ing oc­curred about 16 blocks away in the 2000 block of 83rd Street in the Manch­ester Square neigh­bor­hood.

About 1:50 p.m., a man be­lieved to be in his 20s got out of a white Lexus and shot an­other man, LAPD Of­fi­cer Drake Madi­son said. The vic­tim was con­scious when taken to the hos­pi­tal.

It wasn’t clear whether the shoot­ings were re­lated.

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