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Investigators were searching Tuesday for the person or persons who shot and injured three people, including a 9-year-old girl, in two separate incidents that occurred minutes and blocks apart the previous night.

Both shootings occurred around 8 p.m. Monday and led to the hospitalization of the three injured people, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

In the first shooting, two men standing near a fish market on South Central Avenue and West Alondra Boulevard (map) were injured, according to the sheriff’s department. That incident was believed to be gang related, according to sheriff's Compton Station Lt. N. Mitry.

Minutes later, a 9-year-old girl standing on the corner of West Reeve Street and South Hillford Avenue (map), about two blocks from the initial incident, was shot in the leg.

It was not known if the girl was alone or with people at the time. It was not clear if the shooting of the girl was gang related, Mitry said.

The condition of those injured was not known, but all were expected to survive their wounds, officials said.

The shooters in the fish-market incident were described only as a Hispanic female and male, according to Mitry. The suspect vehicle was described as a new dark blue Dodge Challenger with dark rims.

There was no description available for the little girl's assailant. 

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff's Department's Compton station at 310-605-6500. 

KTLA's Crystal Garcia and Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.