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El Sereno: Michael Talamantes Jr., 32

December 21, 2009 |  4:03 pm

The location where Michael Talamantes Jr. and Priscilla Jimenez were shot. Click for the El Sereno Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Michael Talamantes Jr., 32, was shot and killed Saturday, Dec. 19, in the 3000 block of Warwick Avenue at Martin Street in El Sereno, authorities said.

Talamantes and Priscilla Jimenez, 31, both identified by the coroner as white, were found shot to death early in the morning inside a vehicle parked along a residential street, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.

The two apparently exchanged words with the occupants of another vehicle before a gunman in the other car began firing on them, officials said. The suspects' vehicle was described as a dark-colored compact.

Police responded to a report of numerous shots fired shortly before 5 a.m. at the location, said Officer April Harding, a spokeswoman for the LAPD.

When officers arrived at the location, they found the pair shot to death, she said. Police believe the shooting is gang-related.

"One of the victims was a gang member," Harding said. No arrests have been made.

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Map: The location where Michael Talamantes Jr. and Priscilla Jimenez were shot. Click for the El Sereno Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.