Two men were killed and another was wounded in a drive-by shooting near the border of South Los Angeles and the unincorporated Florence area, and authorities sought two suspects who remained at-large Thursday.
Deputies responded to the 1100 block of East 68th Street, near Central Avenue, about 7:05 p.m. Wednesday and located one man dead at the scene and two others who had suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to a hospital, where the second victim died, according to Deputy Erin Liu of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The third victim was treated at a hospital and released, Liu said.
According to the coroner’s office, Jose Antonio Flores Velazquez of Los Angeles died at the scene and Alfredo Jose Carrera was pronounced dead at a hospital. Both men were 24.
Flores and Carrera had grown up together six houses apart on the street where they were shot, and the shooting occurred in Carrera’s driveway after they had parked an SUV, according to news reports from the scene.
Flores was a physics doctoral student at UC Irvine and had his sights set on a job at NASA, and Carrera was about to become a first-time father with his girlfriend, according to news reports.
The preliminary investigation revealed the men were standing near the parked SUV when the suspect vehicle drove up and a passenger opened fire, striking two of the victims. The suspect shot the third man a short distance away as the car, described only as a dark sedan, sped away westbound on East 68th Street, Liu said.
A description of the shooter or driver was not immediately available. A possible motive for the shooting was not disclosed.
Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or lacrimestoppers.org.