A Los Angeles Police Department cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber
A Los Angeles Police Department cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber

Police turned to the public Monday for help in finding whoever shot and killed two men in a car in Tarzana after an apparent drug deal went bad in Woodland Hills.

The victims were shot about 4 p.m. Thursday, first in the area of Oso Avenue and Tiara Street where detectives believe a “narcotics transaction” was to have taken place, and then in the 6100 block of Corbin Avenue, where the victims and their crashed vehicle were ultimately located, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Los Angeles resident Sonny Pena, 28, died at the scene. The name of the second victim, a 23-year-old man who died at a hospital, was being withheld pending notification of his family.

The preliminary investigation “revealed that both victims appeared to have met with the suspects to conduct a narcotics transaction in the area of Oso Avenue and Tiara Street in Woodland Hills,” according to an LAPD statement.

“During the meeting, there was a dispute where money was taken and suspect one fired several times against the victims as they fled the location. The victims continued to drive and the suspects chased them. The suspects caught up with the victims and a second shooting occurred where the driver suffered several gunshot wounds.”

A report from the scene showed a crashed dark sedan between two parked cars.

The suspects were described only as two Hispanic men in their 20s; no description of their vehicle has been made available.

Anyone with information about the suspects was urged to call Valley Homicide Bureau Detective John Doerbecker at (818) 374-1941. After-hours and weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be provided through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

— Wire reports

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