Two men were found dead with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood of South Los Angeles early Sunday, officials said.
Officers at around 8 a.m. responded to a call about two people shot in the 8900 block of Grand Avenue, near 89th Street, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Tim Jones said. LAPD did not receive any reports of shots fired at the time, he said.
The two victims were found mortally shot inside a Green Mitsubishi. Their identities were not released Sunday afternoon.
Detectives were canvassing the vicinity for evidence in the attack, Jones said. Prostitution and narcotics activities are not uncommon in the area, the sergeant added.
Investigators suspected the killing may have been a drive-by shooting, police said.
Neighborhood residents told KTLA they recalled hearing gunfire about 2 a.m.
“Some individuals that reside in this area heard multiple gunshots but did not call the police,” LAPD Capt. Emada Tingrides said.
One resident said the sound of gunfire is not uncommon in the neighborhood.
“A lot of people around here said they heard gunshots, but it’s normal,” the woman said.
“I hear about like 4 gunshots in this area. It sounded like fireworks, and then I actually listened, and it was gunshots,” neighbor Gerald Bonner said.
He added that he’s lived in the area for 42 years.
“It hasn’t stopped.,” Bonner said of street violence. “It’s continually going on. People are getting gunned down.”
Tingrides implored anyone with information to come forward.
“I’m asking and pleading for anyone in this community, if they heard or saw anything, to please contact our South Bureau Homicide Division,” the captain said.
The LAPD’s South Bureau Homicide Division can be reached at 323-786-5080. Tips may also be submitted to the LAPD’s 24-hour tip line at 877-527-3247. Tips may submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
KTLA’s Derrick Clemons contributed to this report.