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Four L.A.-area shootings leave four dead, four injured

February 27, 2012 |  9:38 am

At least four shootings since Sunday afternoon left four people dead, including a pair of teenagers, and four wounded in the Los Angeles area, police said.

The first of the shootings took place around 3:40 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of West 78th street in South L.A., according to Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department. A male suspect fired rounds at two victims; one, a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, the other was wounded and taken to a hospital. Neither was identified.

The man who was killed was involved in an altercation with the suspect that ended with the shooting, coroner’s assistant Chief Ed Winter said.

Shortly after 7 p.m., two teenagers -- one female and one male -- were shot in the 500 block of Bay View Avenue in Wilmington. Meldrick A. Melgoza and Carolina Ramirez, both 16, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the coroner’s office.

Later that hour, an unidentified male was shot and wounded near the intersection of 88th Street and Broadway. He was in stable condition, police said.

Shortly before 10 p.m., three people were shot in a drive-by shooting, possibly involving a silver car. One of the victims, identified by the coroner as Curtis Christopher Sproull, 31, of Compton, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Of the two others who were shot, one was in stable condition and the other in critical condition, police said. They were not identified.

Suspects were outstanding in all four incidents. No other details were immediately available.


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