A shooting in East Los Angeles Monday left one brother of a Compton City Council member dead and a second brother injured.
The double shooting occurred in the 900 block of South La Verne Avenue at about 12:06 p.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The brothers were going out to buy a mop for their mother, Compton Councilman Isaac Galvan said Tuesday.
“After they delivered it, there was gunshots. I believe they shot eight rounds, striking my brother Larry in the chest … causing his death,” Galvan said.
His other brother, Dennis, was shot in the foot and was recovering after being hospitalized, Galvan said.
The victims were walking south on La Verne Avenue when they were approached by a man who pulled out a gun and opened fire on them, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
The gunman then entered the passenger side of an SUV that drove north on La Verne Avenue and out of view.
Both victims were taken to a local hospital, where one was pronounced dead.
Galvan first identified the victims as his younger brothers in a Facebook post.
“Unfortunately today my little brothers were both victims of a senseless drive by shooting in front of my mother’s house,” Galvan stated in the post.
One of his brothers was able to go home after being shot in the foot, Galvan stated.
“I’m sad to say my other little brother Larry did not make it. He was shot multiple times in the chest and died of cardiac arrest,” the post read.
The brother who died was a father of three, according to Galvan, who posted a picture of his brothers posing with Compton-raised rapper Kendrick Lamar.
“I will always love and miss my brother Larry. Now it’s my job to make sure that his death is not in vain and to make sure that I’m there and a good example to his children,” Galvan said.
The victims were likely targeted in the shooting, which appeared to be a gang related, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
Compton Mayor Aja Brown issued a statement saying the City Council was praying for the Galvan brothers.
“Compton stands with East L.A. residents in the fight against gun violence,” the statement read.
KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.