Crime & Justice

4 killed, several injured in a series of South LA shootings (updated)

Police say four people were killed and several were wounded in a series of Labor Day shootings in South Los Angeles, the Associated Press reports.

The first shooting around 2 p.m. Monday at a car wash near Vermont and Florence avenues was a case of road rage that left one dead on scene and another dead at the hospital, detectives said, according to ABC-7.

“We’re looking for witnesses, anyone who would have been out here this afternoon around 2 p.m. at Florence and Vermont, here at the car wash, or anyone who might have seen this white vehicle behind me, along with a blue SUV,” LAPD Detective Sal LaBarbera told CBS-LA.

Around 7:30 p.m, two men were fired upon while walking on Jefferson Boulevard, detective David Garrido tells City News Service. Garrido says one man died at the scene and the other was transported to a hospital.

About 90 minutes later a man and a woman were shot in an alley off 9th Avenue. The woman died at the scene and the man was hospitalized in critical condition.

At least one non-fatal shooting per hour was reported in the South LA area throughout the afternoon, Lt. John Jenal of LAPD's 77th Division said, according to NBC-LA.

Homicide investigators believe some of the shootings may be gang related but have not yet linked the incidents, Jenal told ABC-7. 

This story has been updated.