Driver Fatally Shot in Compton; Homicide Detectives Investigating

Deputies respond to investigate a fatal shooting in Compton on Jan. 7, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Deputies respond to investigate a fatal shooting in Compton on Jan. 7, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities were investigating after a man was found shot dead in a car in Compton on Monday.

Deputies happened upon what they initially thought was a traffic collision around 3:05 p.m. in the 1800 block of North Wilmington Avenue, near the intersection with Stockwell Street, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Charles Calderaro said.

But soon, the officials noticed a man in the driver’s seat of a Nissan Altima had been shot in his upper torso, according to Calderaro and sheriff’s Lt. Veloz.

The victim was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators don’t believe the man was armed.

One of the Nissan’s back doors was open, so detectives are looking into whether the man was shot from inside his own car, Calderaro said.

A school bus was also part of the investigation and may have been struck from behind in the initial collision, he added.

No injures were reported involving the school bus, which Calderaro said appears to have been occupied, though he did not know how many people or if any students were aboard at the time.

The crime scene is about half a mile north of Washington Elementary School.

Officials interviewing witnesses to determine what happened. Other areas in the neighborhood were also being cordoned off for investigation because they could potentially contain related evidence, Calderaro said.

Witnesses told detectives they observed one to three suspects, all men who appeared to be in their late 20s. At least one was believed to have fled on foot in an eastbound direction.

Investigators are searching for leads in the case, and no further details were available.

Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips may be submitted via 800-222-8477 or www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

KTLA’s Judy Oehling contributed to this report.

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