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Pair of possible lungs found on South L.A. street over the weekend

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Authorities say a woman found what appear to be a pair of lungs on a South L.A. street over the weekend.

While walking near a business in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County on Sunday, the woman came across the possible lungs, took a photograph, and contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Evidence was collected in the 13100 block of Avalon Boulevard. The coroner will be analyzing samples to determine if the discovery is in fact lungs, and if they once belonged to a human or an animal, Sgt. Pauline Panis told KPCC. 

It was the only call the department received about the organ, said Lt. Jack DeMello of the sheriff's Century Station, adding, "It was right there on the sidewalk at the start of a driveway...You'd think someone would see someone throw it out there."

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Fatal gunfire at suspected gang party, witnesses uncooperative

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One man died and a woman was injured when gunfire erupted at a suspected gang party of more than 200 people on Sunday evening.

The shooting, reported around 8:20 p.m., occured in a Hyde Park home in South Los Angeles. Approximately 200 partygoers were at the home when authorities arrived on the scene.

Names have not been released. The male victim, believed to be 27-years-old, died at the hospital where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The woman, believed to be 25 years old, suffered a shoulder wound and is reportedly hospitalized.

Investigators are trying to determine if more than one gunman fired,  and what circumstances led to the fatal shooting, according to Sgt. Donni Ellison.

Witnesses are not cooperating with investigators, the sergeant told CNS.