A man was found on a South Los Angeles sidewalk early Friday morning with a single gunshot wound to the head, police said, marking the first homicide of the year for Vermont Square.
The body was found near the intersection of West 53rd Street and South Budlong Avenue at about 2 a.m. after Los Angeles police officers responded to calls of shots fired. He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
An official with the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the man has not been identified.
The man was approximately 25 years old, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. It is not known if the killing is gang related, she added.
In the last 12 months, Vermont Square has been the 15th most deadly of L.A. County's 270 neighborhoods, according to an L.A. Times analysis of homicide data for that period.