photo by John Schreiber.

A suspect wanted in three drive-by shootings, two deadly, between USC and downtown Los Angeles led police on a pursuit Tuesday morning and reportedly opened fire on authorities as they inserted tear gas into the vehicle, which was boxed in on the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway in Fullerton, and sustained a gunshot wound.

It was not immediately clear if officers returned fire or the suspect shot himself.

Officers in two armored vehicles blocked the light-colored SUV from moving around 4 a.m. near the Harbor Boulevard exit and began inserting tear gas about 4:50 a.m. and the suspect opened fire, Fox11 reported.

The shootings were reported around 1 a.m. A man was killed while sitting in his vehicle in a Starbucks drive-thru near Figueroa and 28th streets, and the driver of an Escalade was killed later at Figueroa and Seventh streets, Fox11 said.

A third shooting was reported but the driver was not hit, the station said.

The shootings were connected, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

A pursuit that lasted nearly three hours, often at slow speeds, traveled along the Pomona (60) and Orange (57) freeways before coming to an end on the westbound Riverside Freeway near Harbor Boulevard about 3:25 a.m.

Officers used a loudspeaker to order the suspect to surrender, but he refused to comply.

Both directions of the Riverside Freeway through Fullerton between Raymond Avenue and East Street are closed to traffic until further notice

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