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2 people slain, 1 critically wounded in Wilmington shooting

January 30, 2012 | 10:49 pm

Homicides reported in Wilmington since January 2007.
Two people were killed and a third person was critically wounded when they were shot Monday night in Wilmington, police said.

The victims were reported down after multiple gunshots were fired late Monday near East Mauretania Street and Watson Avenue, not far from a junkyard, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

It was unclear what sparked the violence, but investigators at the scene were exploring possible gang connections.

The third victim was taken to a nearby hospital. No other details on that person's condition were immediately available.

The slayings were third in as many days in Wilmington. Since January 2007, at least 61 homicides have been reported in the area, according to a Times Homicide Report database.

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Map shows homicides reported in Wilmington since January 2007. Credit: Times Homicide Report

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