One Dead, One Critical After Shots Fired at Car Carrying 3 Brothers in South Los Angeles

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Someone inside a passing SUV opened fire on three brothers riding in a car that later crashed into a fire hydrant in South Los Angeles Wednesday, killing one and leaving a second in critical condition, police said.

About six shots were reported at 68th Street and South Denker Avenue at 4:50 p.m., according to Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

The car appeared to have its rear window shattered at the scene of the LAPD investigation on Jan. 21, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The car appeared to have its rear window shattered at the scene of the LAPD investigation on Jan. 21, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Two people were believed to be dead inside a vehicle that crashed into a fire hydrant there, Preciado said. She later clarified that one person was dead and the other was transported to a hospital.

Keion Coleman, 18, was riding in the passenger seat. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. His 16-year-old brother was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Their 11-year-old brother was riding in the backseat and was uninjured,  police said.

Police said the shots came from a man and woman in a light-colored SUV that pulled alongside the car.

A dark sedan was stopped on the grass just off the intersection with its doors open, and a white tent was set up while police worked nearby, aerial video showed. The vehicle's rear window was shattered.

It was not known what prompted the shooting.

The incident occurred in the Harvard Park neighborhood of South L.A.

KTLA's Nidia Becerra Tijerino contributed to this article.

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