A man was killed and two others were injured when an altercation between two groups of men in Norwalk escalated and ended with shots fired on Wednesday evening, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies from the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station responded to a gunshot victim call in the area of Ferina Street and Crossdale Avenue at approximately 5 p.m., said sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore.
When deputies arrived, they located three men with gunshot wounds, he said.
One man who had been hit in the upper torso died at the scene. Authorities have not yet identified him.
Two other men were taken to hospitals in unknown condition, according to Moore. His update came after the Sheriff’s Department initially indicated two men had been hit by gunfire, one fatally.
Investigators believe the incident began when two groups of men became involved in a verbal dispute that led to a physical altercation, according to Moore. At some point during the fight, at least one person pulled out a weapon and fired multiple shots, hitting the three men.
It was not known what prompted the argument, and a motive is under investigation, Moore said.
A handgun was recovered at the scene, although it was not immediately clear whether it was the weapon used in the shooting.
Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and did not immediately have a suspect description, or even a number of how many people they were looking for in connection with the fatal incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anyone who wants to provide a tip anonymously can do so by dialing Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or by going to the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.