Three teenagers were shot to death and two more people injured in separate and apparently gang-related shootings Saturday night in South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The first shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West 95th Street, when two gunmen stepped from separate vehicles and fired numerous rounds at a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old in front of a residence, according to Sgt. Shelley Savage of the LAPD’s Southeast Station. The gunmen stepped back into their vehicles and drove away. The victims were pronounced dead at King/Drew Medical Center.
The second shooting occurred minutes later, at 11:48 p.m. in the 10900 block of Avalon Boulevard. The victim, 18, was taken to King/Drew in a private vehicle and pronounced dead. Two other people suffered minor injuries as well.
Savage said that both shootings appear to be gang-related, but that they do not appear to be connected.
The two incidents occurred about two miles from each other and just hours after dozens of funeral directors, embalmers, morticians and others in the funerary profession took to the streets in protest of the high rate of homicides in the inner city.