EAST LOS ANGELES –– Two men were fatally shot this morning near the basketball courts at Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, according to the L.A. County Sheriff”s Department.
Deputies who responded to a report of a shooting at about 11 a.m. found two adult Latino males on the ground near the basketball courts of the Whittier Boulevard park. One man was pronounced dead at the scene; the second died later at a hospital, said an LASD statement. ABC 7 reported that the victims were brothers who had grown up in East L.A. but had moved to the Antelope Valley.
Witnesses told investigators that three suspects – a heavyset Latino man, a heavyset Latina woman and a Latino male juvenile – were engaged in a brief conversation when the adult male adult fired a handgun multiple times at the victims. The suspects ran in the direction of Ditman Avenue and out of view, according to a summary of the incident.
No weapon has been recovered.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATE @ 4:26 p.m.: The story has been updated with the death of the second victim.
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