Pursuit Ends Near LAX After Fatal South L.A. Shooting; 1 Dead, 3 in Custody

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A minivan is seen near Los Angeles International Airport after a shooting and police chase on Friday, June 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Three men were taken into custody Friday morning after a fatal shooting and pursuit that ended in a single-vehicle crash near Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

The incident began shortly before 2 a.m. when 77th Division officers heard gunshots in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood, according to a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department.  The officers responded to a 7-Eleven store in the 5400 block of South Figueroa Street (map), where they found a shooting victim and saw a minivan fleeing the scene, the sergeant said.

A pursuit began when the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop and the driver failed to yield, the LAPD said. The chase continued onto the southbound 110 Freeway before eventually coming to an end on Lincoln Boulevard, just west of Sepulveda Boulevard, where the minivan struck a light pole, according to the Police Department.

After the collision, which sheared the pole, one man remained in the vehicle while the other two attempted to flee on foot, the sergeant said. All three men were apprehended and transported to a hospital. The extent of their injuries and their conditions were not immediately known.

The victim at the initial scene, a man who was shot multiple times, died after being taken to a hospital, police said.

A SigAlert was issued when the California Highway Patrol temporarily closed the Florence Avenue onramp to the 110 Freeway, where a weapon that had been tossed from the minivan was recovered, authorities said. The SigAlert was canceled shortly after 5 a.m.

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