A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

A search was continuing Tuesday for the person who shot three men, killing two of them, outside a mini-mall in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County bordering Compton.

The shootings occurred about 5:15 p.m. Monday in the 13000 block of South Avalon Boulevard, according to the sheriff’s department.

Two men died at the scene. They were identified by the coroner’s office as Eric Bellard, 37, and Lionzeal Williams, 52. Their hometowns were unknown.

A third man who was found wounded several blocks away was hospitalized in stable condition.

“Witnesses told deputies that the victims were standing in the parking lot when the suspect pulled up next to them and began shooting,” according to the sheriff’s department. “The suspect exited the vehicle and continued to shoot at the victims. The suspect returned to the vehicle and drove off in an unknown direction.”

Anyone with information on the shootings was asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters also can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. All tips can be made anonymously

–City News Service

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