COMPTON (CBSLA) — One person is dead and two wounded in a shooting outside a Compton church Friday afternoon.
Authorities told CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Rachel Kim that a fight broke out during a funeral around 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Baptist Church located in the 1900 block of East Compton Road.
The fight apparently escalated inside the church. Once outside, witnesses said “multiple” people were fighting when one unidentified suspect took out a gun and began shooting.
Kim spoke to Lt. Derrick Alfred, a detective with the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
Alfred said one man was declared dead at the scene. The other two victims were transported to the hospital and were listed in stable condition.
“It started out with somebody saying something disrespectful to a woman inside the church. Some words were exchanged, that moved to the parking lot,” Alfred said.
“We don’t know a whole lot about the shooter,” Alfred said, “but we know it’s a male shooter, and that’s about all we can release at this time.”
By the time officials arrived, the detective said many witnesses had already left the scene. He’s hoping someone who was inside the church will be able to provide a lead on the suspect.
“We think somebody knows who the shooter is.It would be probably who was there at the funeral but it’s a matter of talking to the people involved and getting them to come forward,” Alfred said.
Detectives are also going to look for other evidence.
“We’re looking for video,” Alfred said, “the shooter may have [been captured on video] when he ran from here, may have ran through and may have [also] discarded some stuff.”
Officials said the gun was also not recovered.