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3 in Custody After Man Fatally Shot in Front of Officers in South L.A.

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Three people were in custody after a man was fatally shot in front of officers in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles early Wednesday morning, police said.

A homicide investigation was underway in South Los Angeles on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A homicide investigation was underway in South Los Angeles on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities received a report of a man with a gun near the intersection of West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Normandie Avenue at about 2:10 a.m., said Capt. Darnell Davenport with the Los Angeles Police Department.

“They responded to that intersection. Saw the man with a gun and actually saw the suspects firing rounds at the victim. At which time the victim went down,” Davenport said.

The shooting victim, described only as a man, died at the scene.

Three people involved in the shooting then led police on a pursuit through the neighborhood, Davenport said.

The chase ended after the vehicle crashed into a telephone pole in the 1100 block of West 47th Street, said Detective Meghan Aguilar with the Police Department.

Two of the people were taken into custody almost immediately, Davenport said, but the third person fled from officers.

Authorities set up a perimeter of about four blocks and used K-9 units to help in the search.

One home was evacuated and nearby residents were asked to shelter in place during the search, Davenport stated at a news briefing just after 4:30 a.m.

The third person was located a short time later and taken into custody without incident, Aguilar said.

At least one firearm was recovered at the scene, Davenport said.

The shooting may have been gang related, Aguilar said.

KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this report. 

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