LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police say at least four people were killed and several others were wounded in a series of Labor Day shootings throughout South Los Angeles.

There was at least one injury shooting per hour reported in the area throughout the afternoon Monday, Los Angeles police Lt. John Jenal said. Several of the shootings may be gang-related.

The first of the fatal shootings was reported about 2 p.m. near a car wash at the intersection of West Florence and South Vermont avenues, Los Angeles police Officer Jane Kim said. The two men, one in his 30s and the other in his 20s, were both shot and died at a hospital, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. Their names were withheld, pending notification of their relatives.

About an hour later and several blocks away, another person was shot at West 65th Street and South Vermont Avenue. That person was hospitalized with stable vital signs, Kim said.

About 7:30 p.m., two victims were shot in the 2600 block of Dalton Avenue, north of Jefferson Boulevard, Officer Liliana Preciado said.

James Smith, 20, of Los Angeles died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. A 17-year-old boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Preciado said. There were no arrests.

About a half hour later, one person was hurt by gunfire at South Normandie and West Manchester avenues, Jenal said. The victim in that shooting was taken to a nearby hospital with the help of a civilian, the lieutenant said.

About 9 p.m. Monday, a man and a woman were shot in the torso in an alley in the 3600 block of Ninth Avenue, Los Angeles police Detective David Garrido said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The woman was identified as 25-year-old Brittney Jene Barnett, said coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral.

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