Authorities Investigate Shooting Homicide in East L.A.; No Suspects in Custody: LASD

Authorities were investigating the shooting death of a Hispanic man in East Los Angeles early Sunday morning, officials said.

Deputies were called to the 3800 block of Whittier Boulevard around 2:40 a.m. regarding shots fired, according to Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Lt. Steve Jauch. Upon arrival, officials found a trail of blood on the sidewalk at Whittier Boulevard and Alma Avenue, he said.

Deputies followed the trail and found a man suffering from several gunshot wounds at the entrance of an apartment building, Jauch said. Paramedics soon responded and rendered aid but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Jauch.

Officials have not yet been able to identify the victim, nor do they have any leads on suspects or a possible motive, Jauch said.

"Right now we have very little to go on," he noted. "Detectives are out here combing the neighborhood, looking for somebody that might know something."

No weapons were recovered and it's unclear whether the victim had any gang ties, according to a statement from LASD.

The incident occurred in a commercial area near Ruben Salazar Park, and detectives were waiting for businesses to open in hopes of obtaining surveillance footage that could yield clues.

An L-shaped section of streets was cordoned off including a partial block of Hicks Avenue, then extending from Whittier Boulevard and Hicks Avenue to Whittier Boulevard and Alma Avenue.