Gunman Sought After Man Shot and Killed in Car Near Midcity

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene while a passenger was transported to a nearby hospital to treat her injuries. Two children in the vehicle were uninjured.

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a gunman responsible for the shooting of a man and the injuries of a woman in the Arlington Heights area.

At approximately 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, Olympic Division officers responded to a call regarding a shooting in the 1600 block of Van Ness Ave. Upon arrival, the Los Angeles Fire Department found the victim's vehicle on the road and pronounced the driver dead at the scene.

The female passenger was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital, to which she has now been released according to LAPD Detective Sean Kinchla. Two children, both under the age of four, were found in the vehicle unharmed.

"The vehicle was parked when the gunman approahced and fired numerous shots, striking the two victims," LAPD Captain David Kowalski said.

Officials have described the gunman as a young male in his early twenties. He was seen wearing a white t-shirt and ran south on Van Ness Ave.

The motive for this shooting is unknown and there is no known surveillance of the shooting occurring.

"Today, we challenge the community to come forward with any information that might help us solve this murder," Kowalski said.

Anyone with information on this homicide is encouraged to contact the West Bureau Homicide investigators at (213)382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous should call 1(800)222-8477, or you can send an anonymous tip at

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