A new father was killed and three others were hurt in a daytime shooting police believe is gang related in South Los Angeles.
Sheriff's officials said the four victims were in or near a car on 88th Street and Vermont Avenue when another vehicle pulled alongside about 12:30 p.m.
One of the occupants of the vehicle stepped out of the vehicle and fired at the victims, sheriff's Lt. Holly Francisco said. There is a possibility it is gang-related, she said.
A separate shooting with similar circumstances occurred about an hour later seven blocks away in the 2000 block of West 83rd Street.
Authorities said they were still investigating whether the shootings were related.
Police said the second shooting involved a suspect in a possibly white Lexus, and the shooting victim was conscious and talking with paramedics before being taken to a hospital.
Witness Larry Carter said he knew the dead man.
"He just had a child about a yaer and a month," he said. "He's trying to straighten out his life."
He said he didn't know why anyone would shoot him, but "it's idiotic."
Community activist Kevin Orange was saddened by this latest violence.
"It doesn't matter if it's gang related or not," he said. "It's a loss of life."