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One dead after Gardena shooting, LAPD says

A man in his 20s died of a gunshot wound to the head early Sunday in the backseat of a car as his friends drove around looking for a hospital to treat him, authorities said.

The man and his friends had just gotten into the car at 11400 South Vermont Avenue in Gardena and were preparing to leave at about 1:18 a.m. when multiple shots were fired into the car, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Bruce Borihanh and Lt. Larry Barr. It was not clear whether the shots were fired by someone in another car or on foot, Barr said.

The man’s friends moved him to the backseat and began to drive, searching for a hospital nearby, Barr said.

Several hospitals with emergency rooms are located within three miles of where the shooting occurred, including Memorial Hospital of Gardena, Community Hospital of Gardena and Centinela Hospital Medical Center. It was not clear why the men did not drive to those hospitals or call 911 from the car, Barr said. He said he was not sure whether the men had a cellphone.

“They drove quite a distance,” Barr said. “They were trying very hard to get assistance.”

The men drove for at least four miles, then stopped at a service station at 154th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, Borihanh said. They asked the clerk at the station to call 911. Paramedics responded and declared the shooting victim dead at the scene, Barr and Borihanh said.

The victim’s name had not been released Sunday. Police do not believe the shooting was gang-related, Borihanh said.

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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Another senseless loss of life.

I would love to have friends like these idiots...just drive me around with a hole in my head. EVENTUALLY they'll find a hospital! But of course, they needed to drive around in order to get rid of guns, drugs and to air out the car before the police get called. Morons!

114th and Vermont is actually Imperial Highway and Vermont also it is not Gardena - SW & NW corners are Athens District (LA County) and SE & NE are City of LA. 90044 has the unenviable distinction of having the highest homicide rate in the entire County of Los Angeles.

The rentals that line Imperial especially on the south side of the highway from Vermont to Western are nothing but Title 9 residents. Amazingly if you go just 100 feet south of any of the north-south streets directly south if Imperial the whole area changes - pretty well kept homes all the way to El Segundo Blvd..

Actually, from what I understand,in many gang-related areas the ambulances do not respond. Many of these kids have no choice but to drive friend's to the hospital.

Why do people always assume the worse when there is a killing in Los Angeles. This kid was not involved in any wrongdoing at all. He was visiting with some friends to watch the All Star weekend games. I don't think he was from that part of town. He didn't know that was a high crime area. It's ashame how so many innocent people lose their lives to these thugs. I wish I had a magic wand, I would rid all the gangbangers in the world so that we could live in peace. RIP to this young man.

His name is Ishmael, I don't know his last name. I worked with him on a construction job last year. He was an aprentice sheetmetal worker for the local 105.

He was no different than any other kid his age, not in any gang that I know of. Maybe just the wrong crowd.

RIP Ish.

Can someone tell me the name of the victim we have a friend in the LA area who died Sunday but have not bee able to find out what happened to him and I would like to know if this was him.


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