Shooting Leaves Man, Woman Dead in Westmont; Gunman Sought

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Authorities are searching for whoever fatally shot two people in the unincorporated Westmont area near South Los Angeles Thursday night.
Arlee Atkins is seen in an image provided by a family member.
Arlee Atkins is seen in an image provided by a family member.
The shooting was reported about 9 p.m. in the 1600 block of West 105th Street, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Robert Westphal said. Arriving deputies found two shooting victims at the location. A man who suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body died at the scene, Westphal said. The man was later identified as Arlee Atkins by his stepmother Patricia Haley. Haley said Atkins lived in Long Beach but grew up in the neighborhood and often came back to visit friends. She said he had five children, including 4-year-old twins. “He loved his kids,” Haley said. An unidentified female victim was also pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital. Investigators believe the two were walking down the street when a car approached, and the shooting occurred. No description of the gunman or the vehicle used in the shooting were immediately available. Anyone with information can contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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