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Police Believe Shooting That Left 1 Dead in Los Angeles’ Mid-City Could Be Gang-Related

The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating a shooting that broke out in a residential area of Mid-City in the early morning hours on Saturday, leaving one man dead, as possibly gang-related.

The incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. in the 2300 block of South Cochran Avenue, according to Officer Mike Lopez with LAPD media relations.

Responding officials found the victim with a gunshot wound to his head and pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.

Police did not release a suspect description but said they suspected the violence was gang-related.

It was unclear what led to the shooting, but witnesses told officers the victim had been hanging out with friends behind a residence and was shot when he walked to the front of the home.

Officers later said witnesses reported also a group was in the street drinking before the gunshots broke out.

Police did not immediately identify the victim but friends said he was in his early 20s.

Tony Portillo, a neighbor who has lived in the area for five years, said he was surprised to come home and find his street blocked off for the investigation.

“It’s been quiet for the last couple of months here," he said. "It shocked me."

Four homicides have occurred in the Mid-City area in the last six months, according to the Los Angeles Times' crime statistics that reflect data up to Sept. 1.

No further details were immediately available.