LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police Sunday said one person was killed and another person was wounded in a shooting in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles.
The incident in the 1400 block of Redondo Boulevard near Pico was reported about 11:30 a.m., according to police.
One of the victims — now identified as 17-year-old Charles Hall — died while the second victim was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition.
Authorities said they were looking for four, possibly black, male occupants of a silver or white Nissan.
Officials told CBS2’s Melanie Woodrow that the two victims were walking along when the vehicle pulled up alongside them and someone began firing. As many as 7 shots were fired at the two men, said officials.
Woodrow reported seeing at least 11 evidence markers.
Officials said the shooting could have been gang-related but it was too early to tell.
“The gangs were trying to get to him,” said his mother, Cora Hall.
Woodrow spoke to one man who said the deceased was a friend of his and he had recently graduated high school.
“He was my partner, he was my friend. I loved him. We hung out together, we got together, we went to school together,” said Adrian Johnson.
At a vigil held Sunday evening, Hall friend Garinesha Rudan, who grew up with him, was understandably very sad.
“It’s just heartbreaking to know this could happen to anybody,” she said.
Woodrow also spoke to the victim’s devastated mother, who lost her only son.
“I miss Charles, he was part of my heart,” said Hall.
Sunday should have been a happy day for Hall — it’s her birthday.
“I’m going to celebrate his soul,” said Hall, “I understand he had a few minutes left in him before he died. I just didn’t get to him in time.”