Man in Wheelchair Killed in Compton Shooting, 2nd Man Injured

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An investigation was underway into the shooting death of a man in a wheelchair late Saturday night in Compton, authorities said.


The shooting was reported Saturday night in the 700 block of West Raymond Street. (KTLA)

The victim, identified as 36-year-old Gene Hardina, and another man were struck by gunfire at 10:54 p.m. in the 700 block of West Raymond Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Hardina and two other men were in the front yard of a home, when a gunman with an assault rifle walked up and opened fire, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The gunman ran away and remained at large.

Hardina and the second man were transported to an area hospital. The third person was not injured, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Hardina succumbed to his injuries at the hospital Sunday morning. The second victim was listed in stable condition, officials said.

Investigators believe the shooting was gang related.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau urged anyone with information to give them a call at 323-890-5500.