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2 Bike Riders Shot, 1 Killed, In Koreatown

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KOREATOWN (CBS) — Two bike riders have been shot, one of them fatally, in Koreatown.

The incident occurred at Hampshire and San Marino Streets.

The Los Angeles Police Department said a man was riding his bike about 1:30 p.m. when he was hit by a white SUV.

Two men reportedly jumped out of the van and shot the man, fatally wounding the victim.

A second biker, apparently not connected to the first, was also shot. Sgt. Rudy Lopez said the cyclist was shot several times in the body at close range.

The second shooting victim was shot in the hand and is expected to survive.

Reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, Edward Lawrence quoted witnesses who said the men in the van were clearly chasing and targeting the man on the bicycle. Some witnesses described the deceased as a teen.

Lawrence said two men in hoodies jumped out the van and shot both bike riders.

The shooting was witnessed by a Buddhist monk, Havanapola Shanti, who said he had just crossed the street when he heard the van crash into the bicyclist.

Joanna Terrazas was awoken by the shots and by the time she ran to the scene she said there was already a police presence there.

The van sped off, going south, towards West Olympic Boulevard.

No arrests have been made.

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