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Two dead in separate gang-related shootings in South Los Angeles

Los Angeles police investigating the death of a 19-year-old man in the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts early Sunday heard gunfire and discovered a second shooting victim slumped in a car a few blocks away.

The first victim, Deshon Rasberry was standing with about 20 people in the 2100 block of East 103rd Street when a person fired several shots at him at 8:45 p.m. Rasberry was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.

Just after midnight, while homicide investigators were still on the scene, they discovered the second victim, Reginald McDaniel, 28, in the 10500 block of South Grape Street. McDaniel was slumped in the driver’s seat of a car that had slammed into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers who had been in the car and had run away were questioned and released, officials said. McDaniel is believed to have been shot by a someone standing on the sidewalk. Both shootings are believed to be gang-related, officials said.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-4341.


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