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Man found shot to death in bullet-riddled car with Uber sticker in Lincoln Heights

Man found shot to death in bullet-riddled car with Uber sticker in Lincoln Heights
Los Angeles County coroner's investigators remove a man's body from a bullet-riddled car with an Uber sticker near the intersection of Griffin Avenue and North Broadway on Tuesday morning. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Four people were taken into custody early Tuesday after a man was found shot to death in a car bearing an Uber sticker in Lincoln Heights.

TV news footage showed the man in the driver's seat of a bullet-riddled Toyota sedan in the 2900 block of Broadway near Griffin Avenue.

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Police responded at 2:12 a.m. to a report of shots fired and found the 35-year-old man covered in blood inside the car, said Officer Liliana Preciado, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not identified. Preciado said detectives were investigating.

The shooting appeared to be gang-related, officials said.

LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that although the man was driving a vehicle with an Uber decal, he did not work for the ride-sharing company. The sticker was tied to someone else who is an Uber driver, he said.

"We don't know the connection between those two people yet — if there is any," he said.

Capt. Edward Pape told reporters earlier that certain tactics are used to disguise criminal activity.

"Uber drivers right now are the big craze, are the big thing instead of using taxis, so that may or may not be the case here," Pape said.

Officers responding to the shooting report spotted four people leaving the area in an SUV and followed them onto the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol officers took over the pursuit from the LAPD and followed the vehicle on the freeway and along several surface streets. The SUV was finally stopped about 3:15 a.m. in Hacienda Heights, CHP Officer Peter Bishop said.

The occupants of the SUV — two men and two women — were handed over to LAPD detectives, officials said.

All four, as well as the man found dead in the Toyota, were documented gang members, Beck said.

Staff writer Kate Mather contributed to this report.

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