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Man driven to USC gate after being shot in South L.A. dies, cops say

A man who was wounded in a car-to-car shooting in South Los Angeles before driving to an entrance at USC has died at a hospital, authorities said.

Adrian Dawson, 22, died around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said.

The shooting occurred near 57th and Hoover streets, roughly three miles from the campus Wednesday afternoon, said Los Angeles police spokesman Richard French.

The man was then driven to 36th Place and Vermont Avenue, near the university's Gate 6 entrance, said LAPD Officer Wendy Reyes. Dawson was transferred to the hospital where he later died of his injuries, she said. 

An alert from USC said Dawson was not affiliated with the school.

Det. Mike Lorenz told reporters at the scene Wednesday that said the man had been "hit several times." The passenger door of the two-door car had been flung open, with bullet holes visible on the side.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, but Reyes said Thursday that it is thought to be gang-related.

Winter said an autopsy was pending, but not yet scheduled.

[For the Record 10:50 a.m. PST: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to the shooting victim dropped off at an entrance to USC as a suspect.]

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