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Car crash kills two suspected gunmen in Compton

April 24, 2010 |  1:29 pm

Two suspects in a drive-by shooting were killed in a crash in Compton early Saturday after fleeing from the original shooting scene in Cudahy, authorities said.

Police officers were in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Patata Street, near Cudahy, around 2 a.m. when they heard six gunshots, said Lt. David Pixler of the South Gate Police Department.

Officers saw a white Nissan fleeing the area and pursued the vehicle south on Atlantic Avenue, he said. At the intersection of Atlantic and Rosecrans avenues, the 2005 Nissan, traveling at a speed of 80 mph, struck a 2006 Chrysler, according to the California Highway Patrol, who investigated the crash.

The two suspects -- Javier Lopez, 26, of Moreno Valley and John Siordia, 24, of Long Beach -- were pronounced dead at the scene. Two men in the Chrysler vehicle suffered minor to moderate injuries and were taken by fire paramedics to Lakewood Regional Hospital for treatment, the California Highway Patrol said.

Both South Gate and CHP officials could not confirm whether firearms were recovered at the scene of the crash.

Maywood Police Department, which is contracted to provide police services for the city of Cudahy, said one person was hit in the drive-by shooting.

"The injuries were none-life threatening," said Sgt. John Boston of Maywood police.

The shooting is still under investigation, he said.

-- Ruben Vives