LA County Sheriff's Department Security Guard Slain in Car

Detectives are searching for whoever shot and killed a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department security guard as he sat behind the wheel of his car in South Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The victim was identified by the Los Angeles Police Department as 33-year-old Calvin Eugene Gray.

The Los Angeles resident had been working as a security officer for 4 years at various facilities operated by the Sheriff's Department, according to the LAPD, which is investigating the killing.

The shooting took place about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of West 76th Street in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood.

Neighbors who did not want to be identified said they thought Gray, who was off-duty at the time, may have been dropping off a family member when he was slain.

Resident Terry Ellis said he heard at least a dozen gunshots about 7:45 p.m. while he was cooking with his children.

"I heard some shots, they thought it was some firecrackers, I said 'No, that's gunshots, turn off the light,'" Ellis said.

A few seconds later, Ellis said he heard tires screeching.

The fatal shooting marks at least the fourth homicide in Vermont Knolls in the past year, according to the LAPD.

Gray's family members did not want to speak publicly about the matter.

Police said they have few leads and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with details about Gray's killing is being urged to call LAPD homicide detectives at 213-486-6890. To remain anonymous, call 800-222-8477.

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