A young man was fatally shot and left lying on a sidewalk in Carson, and investigators don’t know why he was targeted.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called the a report of a shooting at 7:45 p.m. Monday in the 1600 block of East Gladwick Avenue, according to a news release.
They found the victim lying on the sidewalk in front of a home. Paramedics responded, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was identified by the county coroner's office as 21-year-old Aaron James Pritchard, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Neighbors said he had grown up a few blocks away from where he died. He played football at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, they said.
Witnesses told deputies that the shooter opened fire after getting out a two-door sedan that stopped in front of the victim as he stood with a group of acquaintances. The victim was struck multiple times in the upper torso.
The vehicle fled from the scene -- a residential neighborhood -- eastbound on East Gladwick Avenue. The shooter was the only occupant, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
The motive was unknown, according to the release.
On Tuesday afternoon, several candles were left on the sidewalk where the man died.
Four men were killed in shootings in neighboring Compton over the weekend. It's not clear if the Carson shooting was related.
Anyone with information on the Carson killing was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or to leave an anonymous tip, call 800-222-8477.