Gunman fired from sunroof of car in downtown L.A., police say, killing 1 and injuring 2

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

One person died and two others were injured in a car-to-car shooting in downtown Los Angeles early Sunday, with the gunman apparently popping up through the sunroof of one vehicle and firing at people seated in another car, police said.

The shooting occurred a few minutes after midnight near the intersection of Maple Avenue and 12th Street in Santee Alley, the heart of L.A.’s fashion district, said Officer Norma Eisenman, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department.

The gunman’s vehicle pulled up next to the other car, which was stopped, Eisenman said, and he fired multiple shots from the sunroof, hitting three people in the other car, before fleeing.

A male victim believed to be between 17 and 20 died at a hospital, Eisenman said. The other two victims — a 20-year-old man and 18-year-old woman — were taken to a hospital, where he remained in critical condition and she in stable condition.

Eisenman said officers believe the shooting was “gang-related,” but she didn’t have more details on how they’d arrived at that conclusion.

The investigation is ongoing, she said, and police haven’t made any arrests.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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