Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities Tuesday identified a young man who was fatally injured in a vehicle that crashed following a car-to-car shooting in the Whittier area that also left the driver with gunshot wounds.

Hector Rios, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday near Broadway and Reichling Lane, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

Rios, whose home town was unclear, was a passenger in the vehicle, whose driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. Deputies went to the area on a “rescue” and “shots heard” call, Navarro-Suarez said.

“Upon arrival, they discovered that a traffic collision had occurred wherein the victim’s vehicle had collided with a pole,” she said. “Upon closer inspection, the deputies saw that the right front passenger was suffering from gunshot wounds. A short distance away, deputies located a second victim, the driver of the vehicle, near a residence. The victim had sought help and was also suffering from gunshot wounds.”

Investigators believe the victims were eastbound on Reichling Lane approaching Broadway when they were shot by a suspect or suspects in another vehicle that kept going, Navarro-Suarez said.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be provided through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

Wire reports 

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