Homicide detectives were investigating a shooting in the South Bay that left a man dead and a woman hospitalized early Monday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.
The pair was was behind a doughnut shop in the 11000 block of Hawthorne Boulevard in Lennox shortly after 3 a.m. when they were approached by two people who fired several rounds at them, according to Lt. David Coleman of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
Both victims were hit in the torso, Coleman said.
The 32-year-old man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, he added.
The female victim, 37, was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, according to the lieutenant.
Their names have not been released, but Coleman said they were thought to be transients. He was unsure of their relationship to one another.
The assailants fled the scene in an unknown vehicle after the shooting and were outstanding, Coleman said. He did not have a detailed description of the subjects or their vehicle.
It was not immediately clear what led up to the shooting, which remained under investigation. The lieutenant said they would look at surveillance footage from the strip mall where the incident took place as they searched for clues into the killing.
According to Coleman, there was a drive-by shooting between a half-mile and mile west of the location hours earlier. He said investigators were looking into whether the two events were connected, but could not provide additional details about the other incident.
Authorities have asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Those who would like to provide a tip anonymously were urged to contact Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477, texting the letters TIPLA plus a tip to 274637, or going to the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.