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Driver fatally shot in Watts [Updated]

December 8, 2010 |  7:00 pm

Map shows location of Wednesday's shooting in purple, as well nearby homicides, in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives Wednesday were investigating the death of a man who was shot while driving in Watts.

The shooting occurred about 10 a.m. as the man was driving near East 112th Place and Mona Avenue. After he was hit, the victim crashed into a chain-link fence.

[Updated 9:15 a.m.: At least 436 homicides have been reported within four miles of Wednesday’s shooting since January 2007, according to coroner’s data collected for The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.]

Authorities believe the shooting was gang-related.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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Map: Shows location of Wednesday's shooting in purple, as well as 436 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report

Click to visit The Times' interactive Homicide Report

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