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Police Thursday were trying to figure out who was to blame for a wild, deadly business argument over missing auto parts that ended with punches, knives and gunshots.

One man was killed and another hospitalized with gunshot wounds in the business dispute in South Gate, authorities said.

The shooting was reported in the 4900 block of Mason Street, west of the Long Beach (710) Freeway, according to Deputies Mike Barraza and Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

South Gate Police officers responded to the location regarding reports of a fight involving a “man armed with a knife,” authorities said.

Two men — both considered suspects — entered the business and argued with the victim over missing vehicle parts, authorities said.

When the arguing escalated to punches, detectives said the suspects pulled out knives on the victim.

The victim’s nephew saw the brawl, grabbed a handgun and fired shots at both suspects, hitting each suspect with one shot to the upper torso, deputies said.

One suspect — reported to be in his 20s by a coroner’s  lieutenant — was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, according to deputies, who noted that the victim’s nephew also suffered minor injuries.

Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives were dispatched to assist South Gate police in the Wednesday evening investigation. Authorities collected a handgun and two knives from the scene, deputies said.

All of the people involved were detained, deputies said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact the LASD at (323) 890-5500 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

—City News Service

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