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Fatal East Los Angeles shooting may be gang-related

March 21, 2010 | 11:18 am

Authorities are investigating the early Sunday morning shooting death of a 29-year-old man in East Los Angeles in what is believed to be a gang-related attack.

John Anthony Quinata was standing in a front yard with a group of people in the 3300 block of Folsom Street about 12:30 a.m. when three men approached and began shooting, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a county coroner official. Quinata was pronounced dead at the scene. His autopsy is scheduled for Sunday. 

A 32-year-old man in the group was also struck by gunfire. He was treated at a hospital and released.

The assailants fled in a gold-colored sedan, possibly a Nissan, authorities said.

[Updated 3 p.m.:  Since January 2007, at least 20 people have been killed in homicides that took place within a mile of Sunday's shooting, according to coroner's records compiled for The Times' Homicide report.] 

Anyone with information about this incident can call (323) 890-5500.

-- Corina Knoll