Suspects sought in South L.A. gang shooting that left 2 dead

Police tape marks the area where two people were killed Tuesday in a shooting in South Los Angeles.
(Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

Police were looking for suspects Tuesday night in a gang-related shooting that left two men dead and another critically wounded.

The victims were shot about 4 p.m. as they stood in the 2700 block of West 64th Street in Hyde Park. A vehicle pulled up and at least one attacker started shooting, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police said the two men who died were in their mid-20s. The victim who was wounded was hit as he tried to flee. He also was in his mid-20s, according to the LAPD.


Witnesses told The Times they heard heard numerous gunshots during the attack.

“There were two shots then about 20 consecutive shots after that,” one woman said.

When she stepped outside, the woman said, she saw several people running. One man was screaming, “They shot my nephew and my brother.”

Another woman standing near two bodies, crying and screaming, “Oh my God,” the woman recalled.

Capt. Tom McMullen said that “there were a number of rounds fired.”

Police said the Hyde Park neighborhood has been the scene of other gang-related problems, including assaults and graffiti scrawled on walls.

Residents said teenagers often loiter in front of the apartment complex where the shooting took place.

As officers gathered evidence, Soraya Carpio, a 38-year-old nanny, stood in her frontyard watching people gathered on street corners. She has lived in the area for three years and said she hasn’t heard gunshots.

“This is new for me,” she said as a helicopter buzzed overhead.

Anyone with information is asked to call (877) 527-3247


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