One teen was killed and two others were wounded in a South Los Angeles shooting Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The incident was reported about 3:50 p.m. near the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 60th Street and about 10 gunshots were heard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
A person wearing a hoodie approached the three teens at the intersection and opened fire, Deputy Chief Phillip Tingirides said.
The victims are described as two boys and one girl between the ages of 15 and 17-years-old, according to police.
One teen is in critical condition and another suffered non-life threatening injuries. The teen who was fatally struck has not yet been identified, according to Tingirides.
Civil rights advocate Pastor Eddie Jones said he believed one of the boys was the victim who was killed.
“We’re hoping and praying the LAPD will be able to find the shooter or shooters, and get them off our streets and put them behind bars, where they belong,” said Jones.
The shooting occurred near John Muir Middle School and Augustus Hawkins High School. Students from both campuses were getting out of school at the time of the shooting and the scene was very chaotic, according to police.
“School had just gotten out, so there was a lot of people out here and a lot of potential victims,” said Tingirides. “We have three that were hit and I’m just grateful there weren’t more that were hit because there were quite a few people out here at the time.”
There were some fights after school but police do not yet know if they are connected to the shooting.
Investigators said the shooting may have been gang related. Witnesses told KTLA the shooter asked “where are you from” before opening fire.
Police said there is no indication the victims had any gang ties.
“At least one of the mothers was out here, and to see the fear and the emotion when you come out and you see your child with gunshot wounds — and not knowing how they’re going to do. It tears your heart out,” said Tingirides.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed a school bus parked near the incident and police went inside the school bus and spoke to someone inside. It is unclear why the school bus was parked there.
It is also unclear if any of the victims were connected to the schools.
The gunman was described as being a black male in his 20s who was wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. He remains at large.
KTLA’s Matt Philips and Nidia Becerra contributed to this story.