1 Killed in Double Shooting Near South LA Schools

Police were searching for a gunman who shot two people, one fatally, a block away from two schools in South Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.

Gunfire was reported about 8:25 a.m. at 87th Street and South McKinley Place, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The location (map) is a block east of South ParK Elementary and Watts Learning Center Middle schools.

Police were searching for 47-year-old Juan Rodriguez. They say an argument with a neighbor in front of Rodriguez's home escalated to the shooting. When another neighbor arrived to the scene, Rodriguez allegedly opened fire a second time, wounding that neighbor.

Neither victims were immediately identified. The neighbor who was wounded was taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.

The LAPD cordoned off an area around the location of the shooting as officers with police dogs searched for the gunman. Drivers and residents were asked to stay clear.

"We're not sure if he's necessarily holed up," LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar said. "We believe we have him in the perimeter, in a back yard or he could have gone into a house."

Police said they were unsure if Rodriguez was armed.


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Willian Avila and Nyree Arabian contributed to this report.

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