LYNWOOD (CBS) — A man was shot to death in Lynwood Sunday afternoon while coming to the aid of his father who was being robbed at gunpoint.

The shooting occurred just after 3:40 p.m. in the 10900 block of Atlantic Ave, according to Deputy Tony Moore of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

The unidentified victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The robbery attempt reportedly took place in a strip mall parking lot.

A father and son were sitting in their car when approached by two black males, both aged 18-20, according to officials.

One of the suspects pulled a gun on the father who was sitting in the driver’s seat. The father tried to wrest the gun away from the suspect causing a struggle.

Authorities say the son came to his father’s aid as the suspect pistol whipped the elder man. The son was shot in the chest several times in the torso trying to protect his father.

The suspects fled in an unknown direction.

The father suffered minor injuries. He was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

Anyone with information about the murder or suspects is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Bureau, at (323) 890-5500.

Sheriff’s deputies remind the public that you can also provide information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). You can also access the Crime Stoppers website here.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

More From CBS Los Angeles

Weather Team
Goldstein Tipline

Watch & Listen LIVE