A minivan that was riddled with bullet holes crashed in Panorama City early Friday, leaving police to find the driver fatally shot and three passengers critically injured in a possibly gang-related shooting.
The incident was reported about 2:05 a.m. in the 14700 block of West Plummer Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Officers who responded found the van's driver was shot in the head and chest. He was declared dead at the scene, said Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Peter Casey of the Mission Division.
His front passenger was also shot and injured in the wreck and is in critical condition, Casey said.
Two passengers in the back of the van were injured in the crash, the captain said. One suffered a broken back was undergoing surgery Friday morning, and the other suffered a broken wrist. The latter passenger, who was ultimately released from the hospital, will not talk to police, Casey said.
Casey said the car was struck by gunfire at least seven times, but police did not find bullet casings at the scene, leading investigators to believe the shooter or shooters were also in a vehicle.
The driver's gunshot wounds caused him to lose control and crash into several parked cars, police said in a news release.
The men inside the vehicle had tattoos from the notorious MS-13 gang, Casey said; police believe the shooting may have been gang-related.
All four occupants of the minivan are from the San Fernando Valley, according to LAPD, which stated Friday afternoon that the driver had not been identified.
The minivan, a Nissan Quest, suffered major front and side damage and firefighters had to extricate the victims, video from the scene showed.
Homicide detectives were canvassing the area looking for any witnesses, Casey said.
Plummer Street in the area was closed during the ongoing investigation.
KTLA's Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.