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1 dead, 3 injured in roadside shooting in Northridge

September 25, 2012 |  6:11 am

Approximate location of incident shown in purple, along with 7 other homicides within 2 miles since 2007 in red.

One man was killed and three other people were injured after a suspect opened fire on their vehicle as they stopped alongside the road early Tuesday in Northridge, police said.

The shooting was reported just after midnight at the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and Parthenia Street, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Lonnie Tiano.

Investigators were still trying to piece together what happened, but Tiano said the victims were riding in a Lexus and had pulled over to the side of the road when a man approached and began shooting.

The incident was initially reported as a car-to-car shooting. Tiano said that although investigators had not ruled out that scenario, they believe the suspect got in a car after the shooting and sped away.

The victims -- described as two young men and two young women -- were taken to area hospitals, where one of the men later died, Tiano said. No other information about the victims or their conditions were available.

A nearby house was also struck by gunfire, homeowner Bilai Wellthy told KTLA. No other injuries were reported.

"I was watching the TV and I was talking on the phone and I heard the gunshots -- bang, bang, bang, bang, bang," Wellthy told the television station. "Five shots."

Detectives were looking into whether the incident was gang-related, Tiano said.

No information about a suspect vehicle was immediately available.

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-- Kate Mather

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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in purple, along with 7 other homicides within 2 miles since 2007 in red. Credit: Los Angeles Times Homicide Report

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