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Police Search for Leads After Man Fatally Shot in His Car in South Los Angeles

A man was found dead in his car from a gunshot wound early Saturday morning in South Los Angeles, police said.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner's van parks at the crime scene.

Shots were fired and struck the man as he was driving his vehicle around 4 a.m., causing him to drive northbound and crash, according to Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Darnell Davenport.

The passenger walked away from the shooting unharmed, despite evidence of bullet holes on the passenger side of the car. The driver, who was killed, was later identified by family members as a father of two named Ervin Galbreath.

The shooting occurred on the corner of 29th Street and South Western Avenue, on the border between the neighborhoods of Jefferson Park and Adams-Normandie, Davenport said.

Some bullets appear to have entered through passenger side of the vehicle.

LAPD identified the victim and notified his family but has not publicly released his identity, though family members arriving to the scene identified him as Galbreath.

A woman who identified herself as his aunt, Francine Lee, showed up to the scene and told the Los Angeles Times that he was studying to be an electrician.

"He was a good kid," she said. "He was very faithful to his children. He was trying to get himself together as far as going back to school."

Detectives were unsure if the suspect was on foot or in a vehicle and were looking into whether the shooting was gang related.

Officers arrived on the scene after they got a call shots fired. The Los Angeles Fire Department pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

A group of onlookers watched the scene unfold from afar.

A crowd of about 10 people gathered beyond the police tape at the 29th Street and South Western Avenue intersection in the hours after the Saturday morning shooting.

Capt. Davenport  said the investigation is in its early stages. No further details were immediately available.