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Two Men Shot Dead at Compton Motel; Suspects Still At Large

Two men were killed during a shooting in Compton on Saturday and the suspects are still at large, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The shooting happened in broad daylight in the 1100 block of Long Beach Boulevard in Compton at about 4 p.m., and when officers arrived, they found two men dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's department. The shooting is believed to be gang-related, officials said.

One of the victims is 18 years old and the other one is 20 years old. The two victims were working on their car in the parking lot of the Travel Plaza Inn motel when a car drove up, Lt. Joe Mendoza of the sheriff's department said.

Two men were inside the car, a gray Honda Civic, and they both got out, Mendoza said.

"They were both armed with firearms," Mendoza said. "They began to chase the two males and fired numerous gunshots toward them."

One of the men who was fatally shot died inside the lobby; the other victim died in the parking lot, he said.

The suspects are still at large, after fleeing the scene and ditching the Honda Civic just a few blocks away, officials said.

While investigators are not even sure what led to the shooting, they still believe there's a possibility it was gang-related, Mendoza said.

"This motel has had problems with prostitution, with drug activity, with gang activity," Mendoza said. "And I can tell you that this is one of the places that gets a lot of policing due to crime being high on Long Beach Boulevard and specifically around his motel."

Sgt. James Rewald of the sheriff's department said there was some type of argument that took place, but could not offer more details.

At the scene of the incident, a man who identified himself as a local bishop and community leader said such violence is not uncommon there.

"I been living in this community my entire life, and what do I see?... I see gang writing. I see war," LJ Guillory said. "And every time we take four steps forward, we take nine steps back."

No further information has been released by authorities.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

KTLA's Judy Oehling contributed to this article.